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CFIA memo to XL Foods inspectors

“Nothing about the CFIA would surprise me”, said Karen Selick, in a comment on a recent post on The Bovine. Well, here’s another case in point. Why should different, and higher, standards apply for meats being exported to Japan, than for meats sold to Canadians? Do Canadians not matter? Are Japanese export customers more important than Canadians? Is that what the CFIA was thinking? For those who might have wondered, when they read the story in the media a few months ago about the massive recall of meat from XL Foods in Brooks, Alberta, how such a thing could happen in a plant where 40 some CFIA inspectors are on the job, the memo described in the story below may be the answer. However, the report on this scandalous memo is not exactly as “out there” as the original recall story.  Merely a few column inches on page 3 of today’s paper. 

From the Toronto Star newspaper:

“Federal beef inspectors were told to ignore contamination on carcasses being processed for sale to Canadians at the XL Foods plant.

A memo from a Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) meat hygiene supervisor obtained by CTV News instructed CFIA inspectors to closely examine carcasses being processed for shipment to Japan, but to ignore visible contamination on meat for Canadians.

“Our number 1 priority is to ensure this standard is met with Japan eligible carcasses,” said the memo. Continue reading


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“Rick’s Rant” on the XL Foods fiasco

In the tradition of Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, it’s comics who are allowed to speak the truth. From Rick Mercer, CBC on-air commentator and all-purpose funny man: 

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CFIA cutting back on inspectors as beef recall from months ago is expanded

It’s like they’re setting the stage for a bigger problem; is that so they can clamp down with a more draconian “solution”?

From Doug Powell at Barfblog:

“That creepy crawly recall of ground beef from a defunct Canadian processor has now expanded to all product in the past seven months.

According to the Toronto Star, the recall started Feb. 18 and has been expanded eight times as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency continued its investigation.

The meat is suspected of being contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. One person fell ill in October (yes, October) after eating the meat. Continue reading

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Thoughts on the book “Girl Hunter”

Girl Hunter, the book

I should say firstly that I haven’t read this book, only the Grist.org review of it, which I will be excerpting below. Still there’s something fresh and appealing about hearing how a young woman — whose kind don’t usually go for hunting — has made her way into, and her peace with, that most ancient of human practices — to the point where I definitely want to read the book and am going to order it.

I’ve hunted myself as a teenager, but not that successfully. And no, that’s not why I gravitated to vegetarianism. 

Aajonus Vonderplanitz, the guy who helped found the recently raided Rawsome Foods club in California tells a wild story of how he made the transition from being a strict vegan, to being an eater of meat in his book, “We want to live”. Continue reading

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Test tube burger ready later this year

From Fiona Macrae on the Daily Mail Online:

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The world’s first test-tube burger will be ready to eat within months.

It will look, feel and, it is hoped, taste, like a regular quarter-pounder, its creator Mark Post told the world’s premier science conference. Continue reading


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Meat, sex and drugs

From Puff the Mutant Dragon:

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“This is a GoogleMaps picture of a farm near Goldsboro in North Carolina (map). The two salami-colored ponds on either side are lagoons, but not the kind where you want to swim. They’re open basins full of feces. To get a feel for the size, try comparing them with the cars in the dirt lot. As the Google Map will demonstrate, there are several more of these lagoons situated nearby. (You can imagine the breeze downwind of these facilities must have a rather bracing quality to it, especially on warm summer afternoons.) Continue reading


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Food and drink — one man’s results

From Mike, at The Online Photographer blog:

“When I posted about my failed 2011 New Year’s Resolution the other day (in Tea, or Coffee?), various people asked me about the progress of my great diet experiment. It’s a trifle excruciating—seems arrogant, even—to presume anyone is interested in such a quotidian personal issue, but people are asking, so here’s the update anyway.

The newest wrinkle is that I’ve stopped eating wheat. As I’ve mentioned before, I gave up sugar last April, but I recognized that I had simply replaced it with breads, which have just as high a glycemic index. So I skimmed through the book Wheat Belly, by a local cardiologist named William Davis, and decided to give it a try. So far, so good. Continue reading

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