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Summer of Salmonella

Fadi

By Fadi Didi

Salmonella has poisoned customers of raw, frozen, breaded chicken in four provinces this summer.


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Salmonella has poisoned customers of raw, frozen, breaded chicken in four provinces this summer.

Thirteen cases have been reported, including seven in Ontario, two in Quebec, two in New Brunswick and two in Nova Scotia.

All incidents occurred between June and August and four people required hospitalization, but no deaths have been reported.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has not named any company or brand in its news release about the food poisonings.

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Some Ontario agribusinesses are receiving provincial grants to help expand their businesses and operate more efficiently.

Ag MInister Jeff Leal says the province is investing in the farm and the broader agriculture (and) food industry to allow these farm operations to be more competitive.

One of the grant recipients is Millar's Farms in Peterborough County.

The sixth-generation egg farm received $6,000 from the provincial government and will put the money towards installing a new refrigeration unit and implementing a more efficient egg-loading system.

And despite only receiving a little more than 1 per cent of the total $500,000, the investment could go a long way.

Bonnie Clark, Joyce Millar's granddaughter and co-owner the farm, estimates the investment can result in an annual sales increase of about $36,000.

And it puts infrastructure into place for the next generation of egg farmers.

 




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