The 675-gram package with a best-before date of March 15, 2021, is the batch affected. | CFIA photo

Undercooking prompts sausage recall

Harvest Meats, based in Yorkton, Sask., has issued a recall for its Harvest brand Polish sausages due to undercooking. The 675-gram package with a best-before date of March 15, 2021, is the batch affected. The sausage has been distributed in all western provinces as well as Ontario and Northwest Territories. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency […] Read more

The Claas plant in Harsewinkel, Germany.  |  Michael Raine photo

Driving force behind Claas equipment company dies

Helmut Claas, the pioneer behind Claas agricultural machinery, died Jan. 5 at the age of 94. Born in Harsewinkel, Germany, in 1926, he was exposed to farm machinery at an early age because his parents managed a small agricultural machinery firm with about 100 employees. “After studying agriculture in Paris, he took over the planning […] Read more

The Gordon Choice boxed beef program announced recently that it would source a minimum 30 percent of its beef from CRSB Certified Sustainable farms and ranches.
 | Screencap via crsb.ca

Food distributor joins sustainability program

Gordon Food Service Canada Ltd. has added its name to those participating in the sustainable beef program through the Canadian Roundtable on Sustainable Beef. The Gordon Choice boxed beef program announced recently that it would source a minimum 30 percent of its beef from CRSB Certified Sustainable farms and ranches. The CRSB is a multi-stakeholder […] Read more


The Small Farm Business Acceleration Program has up to $800,000 earmarked for business plan coaching to small and new farmers, and will cost-share on commercial farm infrastructure and equipment projects that will increase productivity. | Joe Fries photo

B.C. programs intended to benefit small and new farms

Operators of small or new farms in British Columbia are eligible for project funding from the B.C. Agriculture, Food and Fisheries department, the province announced Dec. 1. The Small Farm Business Acceleration Program has up to $800,000 earmarked for business plan coaching to small and new farmers, and will cost-share on commercial farm infrastructure and […] Read more

The Small Farm Business Acceleration Program has up to $800,000 earmarked for business plan coaching to small and new farmers, and will cost-share on commercial farm infrastructure and equipment projects that will increase productivity. | Joe Fries photo

Small and new B.C. farms receive funding

Operators of small or new farms in British Columbia are eligible for project funding from the B.C. Agriculture, Food and Fisheries department, the province announced Dec. 1. The Small Farm Business Acceleration Program has up to $800,000 earmarked for business plan coaching to small and new farmers, and will cost-share on commercial farm infrastructure and […] Read more


While fresh and frozen beef prices increased for consumers, the average price of cattle dropped 11 percent year over year. | File photo

COVID-related plant problems helped boost spring beef prices

Increased prices reflected decreased supply when slaughter plants slowed production or closed due to COVID-19 infections

Prices for fresh and frozen beef rose 13.7 percent in May, reflecting decreased supply when slaughter plants slowed or temporarily closed due to worker illness from COVID-19. Statistics Canada issued a report Nov. 17 showing the May price increase was followed in June by the largest month over month price gain in five years of […] Read more

The Gordon Choice boxed beef program announced today that it would source a minimum 30 percent of its beef from CRSB Certified Sustainable farms and ranches. | Screencap via crsb.ca

Distributor joins sustainable beef program

Gordon Food Service Canada Ltd. has added its name to those participating in the sustainable beef program through the Canadian Roundtable on Sustainable Beef. The Gordon Choice boxed beef program announced today that it would source a minimum 30 percent of its beef from CRSB Certified Sustainable farms and ranches. The CRSB is a multi-stakeholder […] Read more

McDonald’s is one of three food companies, along with Harvey’s and Chop Steakhouse and Bar, that source a portion of their beef from certified sustain-able operations. | Screencap via mcdonalds.com

Burger chain boasts sustainability

The latest McDonald’s television commercials mention sustainability in connection with the Quarter Pounder. The company says at least 30 percent of the beef in that type of burger comes from certified sustainable sources. McDonald’s is one of three food companies, along with Harvey’s and Chop Steakhouse and Bar, that source a portion of their beef […] Read more


The Original Recipe Kettle Cooked Potato Chips may have pieces of glass in the bags, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced. The affected potato chips have been distributed in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. | CFIA photo

Glass prompts potato chip recall

A recall on some kinds of Miss Vickie’s potato chips, which began in Eastern Canada, has now been extended to the West. The Original Recipe Kettle Cooked Potato Chips may have pieces of glass in the bags, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced. The affected potato chips have been distributed in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario […] Read more

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Nov. 22 that Levitts Foods Canada Inc. is voluntarily recalling the product, which is the 175-gram size with a best-before date of Dec. 25. | CFIA photo

Listeria concern prompts pastrami recall

The Compliments brand of smoked beef pastrami is the subject of a recall due to possible listeria contamination. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Nov. 22 that Levitts Foods Canada Inc. is voluntarily recalling the product, which is the 175-gram size with a best-before date of Dec. 25. No one has reported illness in connection […] Read more