Saturday, May 8, 2021

Enoki mushrooms on recall

Enoki mushrooms are on recall by Goldenway International Trade Co. Ltd. after Canadian Food Inspection Agency testing detected Listeria monocytogenes.

All of the mushrooms marketed up to May 7 are on recall.

Nobody has reported falling ill after eating them.

The CFIA is investigating further and said that might lead to additional recalls.

Temporary foreign worker dies in quarantine

Romario Morgan, 22, of St. Vincent has died while he was in quarantine, intending to be a temporary foreign worker on the Welsh Bros. farm near in Brant County.

Charles Welsh, of Welsh Bros. family farm in Scotland, Ont., said Thursday that everyone is in mourning.

"We don't know what happened," he said, adding that the farm is waiting to hear back from investigators and officials.

"Everyone is very devastated here. It's terrible."

Morgan's older sister, Roshina Jack, said he was vaccinated in early March before leaving for Canada.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Chobani labels yogourt “fair trade”

Fair Trade USA in Oakland, Calif., has given approval for Chobani LLC of Norwich, N.Y., to apply its logo to Greek yogourt products.

The program provides financial premiums to dairy farmers and workers who meet sustainability standards.

The two formed a partnership in 2019 for a Milk Matters program available to milk producers to support economic, environmental and social standards throughout the Chobani’s milk supply chain. 

The yogourts are produced at Chobani’s  facilities in Twin Falls, Idaho, and South Edmeston, N.Y.

Before it built in Idaho, Chobani said it wanted to build at Kingston, Ont., but marketing board politics scuttled that plan.

World food prices still rising

World food prices rose for the 11th consecutive month in April 2021, hitting their highest level since May, 2014.

The Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) food price index averaged 120.9 points last month compared with a revised 118.9 points in March. The previous March figure was 118.5.

FAO's cereal price index was 26 per cent higher than a year ago, the vegetable oils index 1.8 per cent higher than in March and the dairy price index 1.2 per cent higher than March.

FAO raised its forecast for global cereal production in 2020 by 1.7 million tonnes to 2.767 billion tonnes, 2.1 per cent more than in 2018.

The UN agency also provided its first outlook for wheat in the 2021/22 season, forecasting production at 778.8 million tonnes, up by a half of one per cent over 2020.

It expects corn will lead an increase in feed grains production.

Becel production moving to Brantford

Violife company is building a new facility in Brantford that will shift production of Becel margarine from Etobicoke to Brantford.

Brantford has issued an $18-million building permit for the 164,000-square-foot plant to be built on a 17.4-acre site on Craig Street.

The total investment will be greater because there will also infrastructure improvements and equipment.

The plant will employ 86 workers; some will likely transfer from Etobicoke.

And if all goes according to plan the new facility could be up and running by the end of this year.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Farmer moves national border

A Belgian farmer has moved the border with France by moving a marker stone about seven feet, in the process also slightly enlarging his property.

The farm is near the village of Bousignies-sur-Roc, about 260 kilometres northeast of Paris

The stone markers, each believed to weigh between 300 and 600 pounds, were laid when the 620-kilometre border between France and what is now Belgium was established under the 1820 Treaty of Kortrijk.

It has stood at the border since 1819 and it was a couple walking by who noticed the stone was sitting a bit higher than normal and when they checked co-ordinates, realized it was seven feet into French territory.


Betty Ann MacKinnon appointed

Betty Ann MacKinnon of Glencoe has been appointed to a two-year term on the Normal Farm Practices Protection Board.

She joins vice-chair Christine Greydanus of Petrolia and Judy Dirksen of Harriston who were also recently were appointed to two-year terms.