This video presents “Canada’s Meat Industry – The Canadian Advantage.”

Canada’s meat industry includes the following profitable items:

  • Beef and Veal
    • By 2014, there were 12.215 million cattle and calves on approximately 82,665 Canadian farms and ranches.
      • Alberta accounts for approximately 42% of this inventory.
    • Farm cash receipts from the sale of cattle and calves in 2013 totalled $6.8 billion, 12.4% of total farm receipts.
    • Canada’s beef and veal exports increased by 2.9% from 2012 to 278,966 tonnes in 2013, valued at $1.33 billion.
    • Exports to the United States, China, Hong Kong, Japan and Mexico.
      • The United States is the major export market for Canadian beef accounting for approximately 71% of exports.
      • In 2013, over 1 million head of cattle were exported to the United States for breeding, feeding and processing with feeder cattle exports making up a larger proportion of the trade.
      • In 2013 feeder cattle exports to the US represented 35% of the live trade, up from 21% in 2012.
  • Pork
    • By 2014, there were 12.745 million hogs on approximately 7,090 farms.
    • Farm cash receipts from the sale of slaughter hogs in 2013 totalled $4.1 billion, 7.5% of total farm receipts.
    • In addition, 735,500 head went to processing facilities in the United States and 4.17 million head of isowean/weaner/feeder hogs went for feeding and finishing on United States farms.
    • Exports to the United States, Japan and China.
      • Exports of pork and pork products to all countries are estimated at $3.2 billion in 2013.
      • Processed pork sales totalled an estimated 71,811 tonnes in 2013 with the United States being the dominant purchaser (44.5%).
  • Lamb and Mutton
    • By 2014, there were 893,000 sheep and lambs on approximately 10,111 farms.
    • Canadian sheep production is mostly located in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta (73%).
    • Farm cash receipts for sheep and lambs in 2013 totalled $117.8 million, 0.2% of total farm receipts.
  • Goat, Rabbit, Horse
    • 225,461 goats on about 5,949 farms in Canada were reported in the 2011 Census of Agriculture, a growth of 27% within the last 5 years.
      • In Canada, the goat industry can be segmented into three distinct sectors: chevon (meat), dairy (milk) and fibre (mohair and cashmere).
  • Bison
    • 125,142 bison on about 1,211 farms in Canada according to the 2011 Census of Agriculture.
    • Bison production is primarily concentrated in the west, with 77% of the herd concentrated in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
    • Exports of bison meat are primarily to the US, but boneless product is also shipped to numerous countries in Europe, most notably France, Switzerland, Germany, and Italy.
  • Venison
    • 52,051 head of Canadian farm raised cervids (deer and elk) on about 952 farms were reported in the 2011 Census of Agriculture, a decrease of 55% within the last 5 years.
    • Elk are primarily farmed in western Canada and red deer in the eastern provinces.
    • Fallow deer, white-tailed deer and other cervid species are found throughout Canada.

With annual shipments worth $22.9 billion in 2013, the red meat industry is the largest sector of the Canadian food manufacturing industry.

  • Canada’s meat processing companies manufacture a wide variety of meat products ranging from fresh and frozen meat to processed, smoked, canned and cooked meats, as well as sausage and deli meats.
  • In addition to its red meat exports, Canada can provide halal-certified, kosher and organic meat and meat products.

This is an update to the previous blog, Canada Proposes Monetary Penalties in Food Safety Enforcement: Give Your Input Until March 22, 2014.

Today, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) can now issue Administrative Monetary Penalities (AMPs) to businesses that do not meet Canada’s meat safety requirements.

  • The new regulatory amendment expands Administrative Monetary Penalities (AMPs) to the Meat Inspection Act and the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency Inspector / Inspecteur de l'Agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments. Image extracted from video above / Image extraite de la vidéo ci-dessus.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Inspector / Inspecteur de l’Agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments. Image extracted from video above / Image extraite de la vidéo ci-dessus.


Harper Government Strengthens Food Safety Enforcement

Introduces monetary penalties for non-compliance with meat safety requirements

July 16, 2014 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Today, the Government of Canada is further strengthening Canada’s food safety system by allowing the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to issue monetary penalties to businesses that do not meet Canada’s meat safety requirements. The new regulatory amendment expands Administrative Monetary Penalities (AMPs) to the Meat Inspection Act and the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990.

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stratford summer music festival 2014

Over 200 artists in over 100 performances over 6 weeks of music, from July 14 – August 24, fill Stratford’s concert halls, restaurants and gardens with classical, folk, jazz and world music from around the world during Stratford Summer Music in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

  • The 14th annual festival launches with a spectacular FREE outdoor event complete with fireworks.

This video presents “TorQ Percussion Quartet plays Stinkin’ Garbage, by E.Argenziano.”

A major theme this year is percussion.

  • In recognition of this, Tom Patterson Island will be transformed to “Tom Percussion Island” for one week (July 14-20).
    • New instruments, all percussion, will be installed on the island for one week, free to be beaten, rattled, smashed, and shook by visitors.
  • TorQ, an Ontario-based percussion quartet, have been chosen as this year’s artists-in-residence.
    • They’ll be performing unannounced “pop-up” sessions throughout the season, largely in areas populated by young people.
    • They’ll also be holding a number of ticketed events, one of which will feature noted German percussionist/composer Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic, who will double as a guest lecturer at the TorQ Percussion seminar (July 25).

FREE outdoor concerts will take the stage on the Music Barge on the banks of the Avon River to suit every musical taste – from Quebec fiddling to meringue from the Dominican Republic, gypsy swing and pipes and drums.

View the festival schedule here.

Here is an itinerary of FREE or Pay-What-You-Can performances and events.

Read more of You’re Invited: Stratford Summer Music Festival July 14 – August 24, 2014

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

This is an update to the following previous blogs:

Additional product information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) food safety investigation.

  • Fromagerie Le Détour (2003) Inc. is recalling Citadelle and Grey Owl cheese from the marketplace because they may contain the toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria.
  • Consumers should not consume the recalled products.

Please click here for the fifth list of recalled goat cheese products.

  • There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

The other details of this recall are as follows.

Read more of Fifth List of Recalled Goat Cheese Products: Brands are Citadelle and Grey Owl Cheese

Due to a consumer complaint, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Walmart Canada Corporation and Mead Johnson Nutrition (Canada) Company are advising the public that some bottles of Enfamil A+ Ready-to-Feed Infant Formula have been found with the tamper-proof seal broken and blue tape applied in its place.

  • These bottles were found to contain water and some formula residue instead of infant formula.
  • A total of three complaints have been reported in Brampton and Mississauga.
  • Walmart immediately removed the product from sale in a number of stores in the Halton and Peel regions of Toronto and did not find any additional product that had been altered.

Please click here for the product description and photos.

  • There have been no confirmed illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

The other details of this recall are as follows.

Read more of Recall: Enfamil A+ Ready-to-Feed Infant Formula Bottles with Blue Tape & Broken Tamper-proof Seal

generation steelband festival 2014

New Generation Steelband Festival

Saturday, July 12, 3 pm – 8 pm

Free Admission

250 FORT YORK BLVD Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Work: (416) 392-6907

Here are the highlights of this festival.

  • Ten Bands – Caribbean Food – Fun!
    • “A celebration of Caribbean steel pan music featuring seven GTA youth steelbands, the award winning ensembles Pan Fantasy and Afropan, and the joyous Farmer’s Rhythm Section.”
      • Other participating bands performing include CCAH Steel Orchestra, Gemini Pan Groove, JK Pan Vibrations, Malvern Praise on Pan, Silhouettes Youth Steel Orchestra, St. Jamestown Youth Centre Steel Orchestra, Symphonyx Steel Orchestra and the Farmers Rhythm Section.
    • All performing outdoors on the grounds of Fort York.
    • There will be great Caribbean food.
    • FREE all ages pan workshops.
    • Plenty of opportunities for audience participation – dance, dance, dance!

Please click here for more info about the festival and steelbands.

Barry Zukerman Amphitheatre at Earl Bales Park. Image by City of Toronto.

Barry Zukerman Amphitheatre at Earl Bales Park. Image by City of Toronto.

Music and Theatre Performances at Toronto’s Earl Bales Park

FREE Admission

July 15 – August 28, 2014: “Tuesday Night Live and the Thursday Night Family Fun Summer Series”

Barry Zukerman Amphitheatre
Earl Bales Park, 4169 Bathurst St.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The following news release provides the itinerary for both the Tuesday Night Live music and the Family Fun summer series of theatre performances in Earl Bales Park:

Read more of Invite: Steelband Festival Jul.12 + Outdoor Music & Theatre Performances Jul.15-Aug.28, 2014

This is an update to the previous blog, Invite: Canada’s Healthy and Safe Food Regulatory Forum June 17-18 + 12 Online Consultations 2014.

Image by Health Canada

Image by Health Canada

Canadian Food Inspection Agency CFIA)


Notice to Industry – Comment period extended for certain food safety modernization consultations

Ottawa, July 11, 2014: To encourage as much feedback as possible, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has extended the comment period for the following consultations related to food safety modernization:

The new deadline is August 29, 2014. Information on how to submit comments for each consultation is available at the above links.

Read more of Some Food Safety Consultations: CFIA Comment Period Extended to Aug.29, 2014

This video presents “Toronto Raptors Greivis Vasquez at TO2015 1-year-to-go party!”

  • “Toronto Raptor Greivis Vasquez is attending TORONTO 2015′s FREE one-year-to-go party at Nathan Phillips Square on July 11 and 12.
  • Join Greivis and a host of other athletes, celebrities, singers and entertainers for a weekend of TORONTO 2015 summer fun.”
  • 1 year to go! #WeArePanAm

Toronto is the Host City of the 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games.

  • The Pan American Games will be held from July 10 – 26, 2015 and the Parapan American Games will run from August 7 – 15, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • “Ten thousand athletes, coaches and officials from 41 countries across the Americas and the Caribbean, and 250,000 visitors will be inspired by Toronto’s hospitality, diversity and dynamism during the Games.”

Toronto City Hall

  • Starting today, July 10, and continuing throughout this weekend’s festivities, there is the TORONTO 2015 Games Legacy Exhibit in the City Hall rotunda that outlines the full benefits and legacy of the Games for Toronto.
    • This display details the Host City Showcase Program, a unique initiative featuring 28 innovative projects.
    • The exhibit also features facility investments and celebration programs that are being funded by the City of Toronto, Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada and other stakeholders and sponsors.
  • Learn about the new programs and activities the City of Toronto is offering in the spirit of the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

FREE festivities at Nathan Phillips Square include the following:

Read more of You’re Invited: TORONTO 2015 Games’ One-year Countdown Festivities July 10-12, 2014