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Researchers develop new method to detect E. coli

Research: News Roundup from the March 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Kansas State University researchers have cut the time required to detect Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, or STEC, in ground beef. “While the current, commonly used testing method is considered to be the gold standard, it is tedious and requires many days to obtain results that adequately differentiate the bacteria,” said Gary Anderson, director of the […] Read more

Research out of the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity found that 46 per cent of surveyed consumers are concerned about hormone use in livestock.

Research finds Canadians want to learn about agriculture

Public Trust: Study by the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity shows gaps in consumer understanding of modern agricultural practices

The general public’s lack of agricultural knowledge is more widespread than likely imagined, according to a 2019 study. The study by the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CCFI) found that 91 per cent of Canadians feel they know little, very little or nothing about modern agricultural practices. However, this research also shows that 60 per […] Read more


Ontario offers cash for abattoir upgrades

Applications now being accepted through April

Ontario’s 123 provincially-licensed abattoirs can now start applying for a piece of $2 million in federal/provincial funding to step up food safety, biosecurity and animal welfare measures. The Ontario and federal governments on Wednesday announced applications for cost-share funding can be submitted between now and April 30, “as long as funding for the initiative is […] Read more



Native prairie near Hanley, Sask. The Sask Stock Growers Association has started a foundation to conserve agricultural lands, advance education, relieve poverty and help disaster victims.

Joining the conversation

While beef producers are on the front line of issues such as antibiotic use and greenhouse gases, their voices still aren’t being heard

Crystal Mackay was surprised to learn that a national event with beef on the menu didn’t have any beef producers at the table. Food Day Canada was created in 2003 to give Canadian beef a boost, and it’s now held annually on the first Saturday in August. Chefs across the country from small restaurants to […] Read more

E. coli bacteria.

CFIA cancels three Safe Food for Canadians licences

Today, after a thorough and comprehensive review, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) cancelled three Safe Food for Canadian licences. The decision was made after the Agency identified during a food safety investigation that they had received false or misleading information from the licence holders concerning E.coli lab results. Effective immediately, Ryding-Regency Meat Packers LTD., Canadian Select Meats Inc. (operating under […] Read more


Ontario draws new legal lines against on-farm trespass

Ontario has introduced a legislative package setting up new legal boundaries around livestock in that province, whether on farms or in transit. The Security From Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, introduced Monday by Agriculture Minister Ernie Hardeman, is expected to “address the unique risks and challenges associated with trespass onto a farm or into […] Read more



Public still waiting for answers in romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

The extensive romaine recall of 2018 is a testament to the difficulties in pinpointing tainted produce

We are often reminded that nature, not mankind, controls the universe. There is no shortage of examples: draconian fires and floods linked to climate change and tragedies such as the influenza virus in the early 20th century that killed millions. We also see people’s reluctance to prevent the damage nature asserts even though appropriate tools […] Read more

Meat processors are taking extra steps to reduce the risk of the coronavirus. (File photo).

In the blink of an eye

Nutrition with John McKinnon

Writing this column is somewhat of a reflective event, as it is the last column I will write as a member of the University of Saskatchewan agriculture faculty. I have been blessed to have worked at the U of S for 32 years, the last 26 of which I have served as the Saskatchewan Beef […] Read more