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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, February 28, 1973 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD _ \% WASPIINGTON (CP) -The Burke-Hartke bill, probably the most protectionist legislation proposed in the United States in the last 40 years, is sending a ripple of fear through Canadian labor and business. Although^not aimed specifically at .Canada, the bill-which has yet to come up for debate in the Senate or House of Representatives-is seen by influential Canadian labor leaders as a potential blow to the solid- AWARD - Singer Anne Murray has been chosen as the female vocalist of the year in the RPM annual Juno awards poll for 1972. Miss Murray, a native of Spring-hill, N.S., also won the Canadian music magazine's award for the best produced middle-of the-road album for the year. Chemical poses food danger By JEFF CARRUTHERS Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA - Polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs for short, will never become a household word, even in this age of environmental consciousness and despite the fact that PCBs are related to DDT. But PCBs threaten to become a reason for curtailing some types of paper recycling, for health reasons. Just completed studies by the federal health department have revealed that the most serious contamination of foods in Canada with PCBs has ocurred with foods in PCB contaminat ed packages. The plasticizer chemical, which is known to cause liver damage and birth defects when fed to laboratory animals, seems to migrate from the packaging material to the food And health department scien tists strongly suspect that the PCB got in the packaging material in the first place as a result of recycling of paper. The most contaminated food packaging materials in the study in Canada were cardboard, the second most contaminated were paper. Plastic types of packaging were considerably less contaminated. Among other things, PCBs are widely-used in printing inks and in paper products. The fact that the PCBs are often very stable chemicals, just as DDT is stable could easily result in the PCBs being carried through a recycling process and concentrated in the paper and cardboards used for food packaging materials. One federal survey involved analysis of some 569 food packages, containing a variety of foods from biscuits to frozen prepared foods to cheeses and frozen juice. PARTIAL LIST The most contaminated food packages in the survey were those containing refrigerated unbaked specialty items; grated cheese and grated cheese products; dried fruits; and frozen fruit juices in declining order of contamination. -Of the 569 packages, there were 15 per cent contaminated with between one to 10 parts per million (ppm) of PCBs and there were 3.4 per cent contaminated with more than 10 ppm of PCBs. The United States has just recently set a limit of 10 ppm of PCBs in paper food packaging materials. Of the 77 separate types of foods contained in the packages, two contained more than one ppm of PCBs: Some rice was found to contain 2.1 ppm, compared to the 31 ppm in its package; and some dried fruit contained about 4.5 ppm, while the outer package material contained 6 ppm. By contrast, other food, surveys in Canada revealed relatively little PCB contamination. Of 366 samples of meat analyzed in one cross-country survey, eight samples of beef were found to contain 0.04 ppm to 1.7 ppm and six samples of chicken contained from 0.29 to 0.38 ppm. Canadian labor, business fear U.S. tax arity of major, international unions. And some of its tax-credit proposals have shaken U.S.-based multi - national corporations with large investment abroad. The bill likely will surface in a few weeks in the ways and means committee of the House, where it is sponsored by Boston Democrat James A. Burke. The Senate-where the bill is sponsored by Democratic Senator Vance Hartke of Indiana-likely will defer hearings until the House has dealt with it. The bill would put quotas on all U.S. imports and place heavy penalties on American foreign investments. It would repeal the foreign tax credit meaning-broadly-double taxation on foreign earnings. The multi-national corporations of the U.S. employ about one-third of the Canadian industrial labor force. There are specific proposals to limit the outflow of technology and prohibit any U.S. patent holder from manufacturing the patented product abroad. It would provide permanent quotas, based on an average of imports during 1965 to 1969 period, that might require other countries to reduce exports to the U.S. by as much as $15 billion overall annually. Proposals of the bill go too far for the Nixon administration and the president has gone a long way to try to improve White House communications with the AFL-CIO before bringing down his own trade propositions which still are in the drafting stage. The Burke-Hartke bill was first proposed in late 1971. It lay dormant during 1972 as legislators-in an election year-steered clear of its controversial proposals. Representative Wilbur D. Mills, chairman of the House ways and means committee where the bill will get its first test, is an opponent of the proposed legislation. Although not a protectionist, the Arkansas Democrat has proposed his own solution to the current trade troubles-a 15-per-cent import surcharge to provide "a needed impetus to serious action" on monetary reform and to correct the deficit in the U.S. balance of international payments. "If the administration and other governments were to take action calculated to inspire confidence that a resolution was reasonably at hand, I would be the first to call for removal of the surcharge." That the bill could be watered down in the House could be argued from reported statements by Burke that he would oppose inclusion of Canada in any of its trade restrictions. ed Mclaughlin MANAGER L-Mart "College Mall" art BODIE MANAGER 420 6th St. S. "Downtown" SMOKED, COOKED HAM\ Whole, Half llfmlwlw or Quar,ers Ready to serve .................. lb. 79 Wieners Burns ........ 1 -lb. cov. pkg. 75c Cooked Meats SI f�"�"uZSt 65c Meat Dishes assorted frozen 32-oz. pkg. 179 Del Monte Vegetables Canada Fancy Grade Peas, Cream Corn, Cut Wax or Green Beans, Peas and Carrots..... 14 fI. oz. tins 4 89 MIKE VASELENAK MANAGER 324 Mayor Magrath Drive STORE HOURS Open Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. We reserve the right to limit quantities to normal family purchases Values effective 'til closing, Sat., Mar. 3rd gm Whole Kernel, Del Monte I APII Canada Fancy Grade 11 ....... 12-oz. V.P. tins Coffee Nabob 1 -lb. net wt. bag 89c Ciifiin Nabob Waffle and /ft, SyrUp Pancake 44 fl. oz. bottle �~C FROZEN ORANGE JUICE 5 1001 Flour Five Roses ... 20-lb. net wt. bag 1 .29 Quik Puddings Butterscotch . Nettle's Chocolate QQr ....... 2-lb. net wt. tin * *�� Nestle's Rice, Tapioca, Chocolate or �J ng. . 14-ot. tins W f0r 07C I Nestle's Fruit and *� QO- LOaVeS Nut . 8-oz. tins �� for �"C Bread Dough white c lO. or brown ...... Pkg. of 3 for 07C Aunt Hannah's white York frozen reconstituted 12 fl. oz. tins.......... .........each 47' SWEET AND JUICY - LARGE SIZE NAVEL ORANGES OR RED GRAPEFRUIT Your Choice ;