Thursday, August 25, 2016

Aged malathion a health risk

Malathion that is more than a year old, especially if it has been exposed to temperatures above 20 Celsius, poses a health risk because it can convert to a toxic compound called isomalathion.

The government and the companies are urging farmers to return any malathion that is more than a year old, especially if it has been exposed to temperatures above 20.

It also poses a risk if it has been stored near other pesticides, seeds and fertilizers, according to the advisory from Health Canada.


French’s ketchup to become all Canadian

French’s ketchup will be packaged at Toronto-based Select Foods beginning next year.

It’s already made from tomato paste produced by Highbury Canco at the former Heinz ketchup plant at Leamington.

The federal government recently announced $350,000 for Select Foods to upgrade its facility to handle the French’s ketchup business.

It boasted that this brings its total investment in Toronto-area food-processing companies to $4.6 million.

It’s just another example of foolish spending priorities. If the investment is worthwhile, it doesn't need our tax money. If it's not, it's also a waste, but a risky waste.

Wheat harvest will be near record

StatsCan says the Canadian wheat harvest will top 30 million tonnes for only the second time in 25 years.

The crop will be 10 per cent greater than last year because of a combination of more area planted (an extra 1.1 million acres) and high yields.

Ontario shattered yield records, up by 67 per cent from last year.

Corn and soybean production are both expected to be lower.

Canadian corn is projected to be down about 12 million tonnes, or 9 per cent, from 2015.

Ontario’s corn crop will be down by 11.1 per cent, says StatsCan, and the soybean harvest will be 15 per cent less than last year.

Asian longhorn beetle coming close

An infestation of Asian longhorn beetles has already destroyed about 20,000 trees in New York and has officials in Chicago and Cincinnati worried about some spottings there.

It is highly destructive and could wipe out woodlots, including maples.

It was spotted once in Waterloo and in Toronto and in both cases firm action by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency wiped the beetles out.

The outbreaks here were traced to wooden pallets used to deliver merchandise from China.

So far the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has posted nothing about the New York outbreak on its website.

Watering pigs concerned trucker

Animal rights activists who offer water to pigs being trucked into the hog-slaughtering plant at Burlington worried farmer Eric Van Boekel.

He testified Wednesday at the trial of Anita Krajnc, whom he charged with mischief last June.

She and some friends regularly offer bottled water to pigs and carry signs urging people to stop eating meat.

She also yelled “have some compassion, have some compassion,” according to a video entered as evidence.

Driver Jeffrey Veldjesgraaf answered “let’s call the cops” to which Krannc said “call Jesus!”

Veldjesgraaf also asked her “what have you got in that water?” and she answered “water.”

Van Boekel testified that he was concerned that the water might be contaminated and his hogs would be condemned at the Fearman’s plant.

There was testimony that none of Van Boekel’s hogs were ever condemned and that the hogs are treated according to transportation welfare standards, including being offered water before and after – but not during - trucking.