Thursday, October 27, 2016

P+H gets $10 million for flour mill

The federal government is giving Parrish and Heimbecker (P+H) Ltd. $10 million towards building a flour mill in Hamilton.

“This investment helps achieve the federal government’s goal of creating good jobs in food processing by making key investments that add value to Canada’s agricultural sector,” said a news release from Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay.

“This repayable investment is being made through the Growing Forward 2 AgriInnovation Program . . .” the release says.

P+H owns New Life Mills in Hanover and Cambridge as well as a number of feed mills, grain-handling centres and the Swift Butterball turkey business for Canada.

Why P_H needs taxpayer assistance is beyond me.

Meanwhile, a new mill that was announced in 2011 for a site near Guelph has yet to open.
Horizon Milling G.P., a partnership formed by Cargill and CHS, said in 2011 that “the facility is expected to be open in the next three years and will be built on a 27-acre site Horizon Milling recently purchased.”

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Yukon Gold 50 today

Yukon Gold potatoes celebrate the 50th anniversary of their launch today.

They are the result of work by the late Gary Johnson of Guelph.

Wikipedia says this:

In 1953, Johnston was one of the scientists that owned the potato development lab at the Ontario Agriculture College at the University of Guelph.

 In 1959 one of Johnston’s graduate students, a young man originally from Peru, told him of a small, rough, deep yellowed flesh potato that was grown by the indigenous communities in his home country. 

In Lima this potato variety is considered a delicacy due to its bright color and distinct flavour.

After trying these Peruvian potatoes, Johnston started thinking about creating a variety that would have the same colour and flavor characteristics as these potatoes but would be larger in size and have a smoother shape similar to the potatoes being grown in the “Banana Belt” (Southwestern Ontario).

In 1966 the development team made their first cross between a W5289-4 (2x cross between Yema de huevo and 2x Katahdin) and a Norgleam potato native to North Dakota. After the 66th cross that year, true seed was produced and the G6666 was created.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

New Food Guide in the works

Health Minister Jane Philpott has opened consultations on updating the Canada Food Guide.

There will probably be intense lobbying, judging by previous updates, as food processing companies and farm commodity groups fight to preserve their markets.

Philpott has said she intends to introduce regulations to eliminate trans fats and reduce the amount of salt in processed foods.

She also aims to reduce obesity with emphasis on children’s diets and food-company advertising aimed at influencing their choices.

She also says Canadians are not eating enough fruits and vegetables, whole grains and milk and not getting enough calcium and fibre.

Yes, Mommy!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Tory says McFall faces perjury allegations

Conservative MP David Anderson from Saskatchewan says Mary Jean McFall, chief of staff for Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAuley, faces perjury allegations.

She was in court in Toronto on Monday.

This is Monday’s exchange during Question Period in the House of Commons:

Anderson: Mr. Speaker, the agriculture minister is silent on another issue, as well. His chief of staff is a failed Liberal candidate who owns $140 million worth of egg quota. Canadians shake their heads because the minister has blindly and blatantly ignored this obvious conflict of interest. This week, his chief of staff Mary Jean McFall, (daughter of Joe Hudson who owns Burnbrae Farms) faces allegations in court of perjury over the purchase of egg quota and egg grading. This is an issue of integrity. When did the minister find out about this court case and why has he not removed her as chief of staff?

Hon. Lawrence MacAulay (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I am certainly pleased to serve in a cabinet that works for every region in the country. Without a doubt, it is an asset to serve in a cabinet that works for every region. They help me and I help them. My chief of staff is an outstanding member of her community, is a successful lawyer and businesswoman, and has been named the citizen of the year in her community. She has deep commitment to Canadian agriculture and Canadian service. I am fortunate to have her. So is Canadian agriculture.

CFIA suspends Canning company licence

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has suspended the registration of Establishment 691, Thomas Canning Ltd., of Maidstone, Ont.

The company, which says it is the only organic food processor in Ontario, specializes in tomatoes and juices.

The CFIA “the operator failed to make corrections to three non-compliances identified during an inspection performed in 2014.

Thomas Canning Ltd., will not be allowed to export, trade interprovincially, or apply a Canadian grade mark to products regulated under the Processed Products Regulations until the necessary corrective actions have been implemented and the CFIA has verified that the regulatory requirements can be consistently maintained.”