Saturday, July 24, 2021

Halva and Tahini recall expands

Phoenicia Group Inc. is recalling Al-Rabih brand Halva / Halawa and Tahini due to possible Salmonella contamination. 

This is an expansion to 17 lots produced by the company. The original recall was issued July 5.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said there have been no reports of illnesses associated with these products.

Porter cheese on recall

Tree of Life Canada ULC is recalling Cahill's brand Original Irish Porter Cheese because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes food-poisoning bacteria.

The cheese has been distributed from Ontario east to the Maritimes.

The company identified the problem and issued the recall which the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is watching. It said its investigations may lead to additional product being recalled.

There have been no reports of illness associated with the product.

Friday, July 23, 2021

JBS pays $20 million over price-fixing pork

JBS USA and its related affiliates have agreed to a $20 million settlement with indirect buyers in a pork price-fixing case.

That’s in addition to $83 million paid to other pork customers..

The case was settled in the U.S. District Court for Minnesota, and deals with people who indirectly purchased JBS pork – eg. at restaurants and delis - between Jan. 1, 2009, and now.

JBS has denied wrongdoing and is co-operating with officials in the ongoing lawsuit against Clemens Food Group, Hormel Foods, Smithfield Foods, Tyson Foods, Triumph Foods and Agri Stats.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Alt-meat firm raises another $350 million

Nature’s Fynd which uses fungi from Yellowstone National Park to produce meat-competing foods has raised another $350 million to bring its total to $500 million.

It has space in the old Chicago stockyards where it intends to begin producing and marketing its meat substitutes next year.

"In the past year, we showed that we can grow Fy at commercial scale leveraging robotics and automation . . . ,” said president and co-founder Thomas Jonas.

It will start marketing in the United States, then expand to Asia “where there is substantial demand and need for sustainable protein, and create multiple brand-aligned partnerships for retail, quick-serve restaurants and emerging high growth channels,” the company said.

Two tribunal members appointed

John Johnston of Guelph and Don McNalty of Singhampton have been appointed vice-chairmen of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal.

Both appointments are for two-year terms.

Johnston is a retired drainage coordinator, and a former general manager for Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal.

McNalty is owner and operator for Rob Roy Angus and a former senior engineer for RJ Burnside & Associated Ltd. 

He has been president of  the Ontario Angus Association and a club leader for Ontario 4-H.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Seneca College gets urban farming grant

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council are jointly granting $360,000 to Seneca College to study ways to help urban farming become stronger and more sustainable.

Because agriculture plays an important role in providing ecological services in cities, this program will incorporate training, mentorship and microfinancing specifically for urban farmers in communities across Canada, the college said.

“One of our goals is to work with the local community of urban growers and help them turn ideas into businesses,” said Dr. West Suhanic, a professor at Seneca’s School of Accounting & Financial Services.

 “What makes our project unique is that we’ll be bringing science, business and sustainability together in one package.”

Dr. Suhanic will be collaborating with Dr. Lesley Campbell, an associate professor at Ryerson University and an expert in urban agriculture, plant evolution and global climate change. They will lead a team of 12 to 15 Seneca student research assistants and work with community partners Greenest City and Toronto Urban Growers.

The goal is to help address food insecurity and increase access to healthy food in urban communities. Seneca student research assistants will be interviewing current and potential urban farmers to identify gaps and gain a better understanding of what is needed for successful urban agriculture.

“This project lays the foundation for sustainable urban agriculture businesses,” said Ben Rogers, dean of Seneca Innovation

“The knowledge base and microfinancing tools developed will also support equity-seeking populations facing barriers to food security and accessing start-up capital.”

Monday, July 19, 2021

Protein Pact formed in United States

Twelve organizations representing farmers and companies in the United States meat, poultry, dairy, and animal feed and ingredients sectors have formed the Protein PACT for the People, Animals, and Climate of Tomorrow, a joint initiative to accelerate momentum and verify progress toward global sustainable development goals across all animal protein sectors.

The Protein PACT has been submitted to the United Nations Food Systems Summit, and sustainable livestock and poultry production will be featured in an event at the upcoming Food Systems Summit in Rome on July 27.

Coinciding with the debut of the Protein PACT, the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) released a draft sustainability framework and said is soliciting public comments to inform the organization's efforts to set transparent baselines and measure progress toward ambitious sustainability goals.

"The Protein PACT is the first initiative to unite meat, poultry, and dairy farmers and processors in a common vision for transparent communication, continuous improvement, and ambitious commitments to ensure the sustainability of the high-quality protein foods Americans rely on every day," NAMI President and CEO Julie Anna Potts said in a press release.

In Canada, the Sustainable Beef Roundtable was launched in 2014 with the goal of reducing the beef industry’s carbon footprint by a third by 2030.