Roast beef recall expanded

Roast beef products distributed in Alberta and perhaps nationally are being recalled by Erie Meat Products Ltd. due to potential listeria contamination. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency today expanded a recall that it first announced April 9. It now includes seven seasoned cooked roast beef products with best before dates up to June 6. A […] Read more

Southern Alberta areas under state of emergency

Lethbridge County declared a local state of emergency today due to overland flooding as snow accumulations begin to rapidly melt. The Municipal District of Taber made a similar declaration over the weekend for the same reason. Some provincial highways around Taber were temporarily closed in recent days and numerous municipal roads remain closed due to […] Read more

Alta. raises penalties in impaired driving laws

Alberta’s new laws on impaired driving come into effect April 9 and include higher penalties for drivers found to be impaired by either alcohol or drugs. Drivers with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more, or those impaired by drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol, will have their licences suspended for 90 […] Read more

Marshmallow candy recalled

Ikea brand marshmallow candy is being recalled by Ikea Canada due to possible contamination from mice at the manufacturing plant. Product sold in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia is being voluntarily recalled as of Feb. 27. The candy, also labelled as Godis Paskkyckling in Swedish, is in 100 gram packages with 2018 date […] Read more

Care and handling manual for rabbits released

The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Rabbits was officially released Feb. 15 by the National Farm Animal Care Council and the Syndicat des producteurs de lapins du Quebec. It is the first code ever developed in Canada for rabbits and is among many developed by the NFACC for other types of […] Read more

Prominent cattle industry figure dies

John Vander Heyden, a well-known figure in southern Alberta’s feedlot industry, died Feb. 12 at the age of 85. Born in Gemert, Netherlands, Vander Heyden moved to Canada in 1957 and settled near Picture Butte, Alta. He and his wife raised six children while establishing and operating Vander Heyden Ranches Ltd. That initial operation remains […] Read more

Feds announce regions eligible for livestock tax deferral

Livestock producers affected by drought, flood or excess moisture conditions in 2017 may be eligible for 2017 tax relief. Agriculture Canada on Feb. 6 released the final list of regions designated under the Livestock Tax Deferral Provision, adding regions in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. The initial list, posted Nov. 6, 2017, also listed regions in […] Read more

Alta. declares February distracted driving month

Talking on a hand-held phone or texting while driving can cost Alberta motorists $287 and three demerit points. That penalty is important to remember, particularly in February, which has been designated as “distracted driving month” by the provincial government. Alberta statistics indicate driver distractions contribute to 20 or 30 percent of collisions. Distracted drivers are […] Read more

Bovine growth hormone whistle blower dies at 84

Shiv Chopra, a former researcher with Health Canada who made headlines over objections to a veterinary drug, died Jan. 7 at the age of 84. Chopra and a fellow scientist, Margaret Haydon, claimed they were being pressured into approving the use of a bovine growth hormone that can boost milk production in dairy cows. The […] Read more

German fire causes livestock vitamin shortage

A global shortage of vitamins A and E for livestock use is forcing feed manufacturers to revise formulations. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said today that the shortage was caused by an Oct. 31 fire at the BASF plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Supplies are expected to remain below optimum levels well into the first quarter […] Read more