Saturday, May 18, 2013

Burnbrae seeks to hide egg-grading audits

Burnbrae Farms Ltd. is going to federal court to try to block release of Canadian Food Inspection Agency audits of the accuracy of its egg grading.

Burnbrae is the largest egg-grading business in Canada.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency decided to release the information sought under the federal Access to Information process.

Burnbrae then exercised its right to file an appeal.

A similar process is underway in Ontario where the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food agreed to release correspondence between L.H. Gray and Son Ltd. and the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission, but Gray has filed an appeal with the Ontario Information and Privacy Commission.

Burnbrae and Gray have been accused of cheating on egg grading, prompting the commission to launch and inquiry into the Egg Farmers of Ontario marketing board which relies on accurate grading for its funding.