Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Friday, March 2, 1973 - THE LETHBRIDGE HMALD - Statistics on big companies Meat group ordered to reveal data OTTAWA (CP) - The Commons special food prices committee put a meat packing group under orders Thursday to reveal how much of the industry is dominated by the five biggest companies. The demand was made of the Meat Packers Council of Canada after council representatives insisted there is virtually free competition in both the buying of cattle and hogs for) slaughter and sale of meat to retail outlets. At the close of the two-hour session, committee members brushed aside statements by H. K. Leckie, council general manager, that the member companies of the council do not supply this information and that it could be considered private and' privileged. Mr. Leckie also suggested the federal agriculture department, which inspects and grades all carcasses, should be able to supply this. "You don't want to get it," Grace Maclnnis (NDP-Vancouver Kingsway) snapped. ASSERTS RIGHT "We have the right to demand it," Jim Fleming (L- York- West) interjected. Mr. Leckie said he assumed some government department Forced to give up child Mary and Carl Feldstein, of Toronto, cling to foster child Carrie, the child they hove raised almost since her birth three years ago. The natural mother turned the baby over fo the Feldsteins but has never signed adoption papers. Now she wants Carrie to live with her and has been granted custody by court. Gov't program meaningless Drug stamp refusal costly would have the information but the council would do "whatever the committee directs." The committee then passed a motion that the council report on the share of the meat pact ing industry in Canada covered by the operations x>f the "Big Five"-Canada Packers Ltd., Swift Canadian Co. Ltd., Burns Foods Ltd., J. M. Schneider Ltd. and Intercontinental Packers Ltd. Terry Grier (NDP-Toronto Lakeshore) wound up the sitting with the suggestion that the committee should start talking to the actual/companies rather than industry councils which seemed to function as "lobbies, public relations fronts.'' Similar groups coming before the com* mittee in future should understand that they will have to supply the information the committee wants, he added. SAY RECORD EXCELLENT In a brief to the committee, the council said the meat marketing system has 'an excelent record" in recent years both in "economic pricing performance and in technical efficiency' in serving domestic and export markets. The price of beef and pork had risen because of increased demand. Farmers and cattle- men had been the main beneficiaries "although we think not unjustifiably so considering their advancing costs." Forecasting continued increasing demand for these two red meats, the council said there will have to be increased output to meet "rising production and marketing costs" and keep the price for consumers at a reasonable level. It rejected price controls. Mr. Leckie was pressed to say bow much consumer meat prices will climb in the near future, before the time lag necessary for production to be increased. The beef price "could go up appreciably," he said, without picking any specific figures. BEEF TAKES LONGER It took longer to expand beef production because of the length of time for cattle to mature. There was a shorter lag time for increasing � pork production but other factors-such as the rising cost of feed grain-probably would mitigate against any swift increase in production although prices paid to farmers were still rising strongly. Mr. Fleming asked whether big retail chains can get large lots of meat. 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HANGAR NO. 5, INDUSTRIAL PARK FORT MACLEOD, ALBERTA OTTAWA (CP) - Refusal to put an "assured quality" stamp on drugs apparently has made meaningless a $2.3 million federal program to have doctors prescribe cheaper drugs for their patients. The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has told its members the federal testing of various similar drugs under different brand names "does not guarantee the quality or the effectiveness of the drugs listed." The CMA stand is opposed to a statement by Health Minister Marc Lalonde Tuesday that, because of the federal testing program, doctors may safely substitute lower-cost drugs for some of the higher-priced ones on the list of products published by his department last week. In the Commons Wednesday, however, Mr. Lalonde refused to answer when Dr. P. B. Ry-nard (PC-Simcoe North), a physician and his party's health critic, asked for assurance that all drugs on the department list were of "therapeutic equivalence." 1 Mr. Lalonde would only say that there was "strong evidence of clinical equality" among the categories of drugs tested and that the program was designed to reduce drug costs for patients. LACK OF GUARANTEES Doug Geekie, a CMA spokesman, revealed Wednesday that the association, grouping virtually all Canadian doctors, is warning its members about the federal program because of its lack of guarantees about quality or effectiveness of the drugs tested. . The federal program, as originally announced, was called QUAD-for Drug Quality Assurance Program. But before last dings .tested, the program, while retaining the QUAD designation, was changed to Drug Quality Assessment Program. The change, making the federal department an assessor rather than an assurer of quality, left the doctors dissatisfied. The assessment program was announced in May, 1971, as part of a federal government move to reduce prices on prescription drugs. It began by testing the most commonly prescribed drugs. However, some doctors and pharmaceutical companies have expressed grave doubts over substitution of one drug for another without absolute guarantees of equal quality, especially "therapeutic equivalence." "The association feels obligated to draw the attention of physicians to the fact that this program does not guarantee the quality or effectiveness of the drugs listed," Mr. Geekie said Wednesday. "Indeed, the very name of the program was recently changed from drug quality assurance to drug quality assessment. "To some considerable degree the physician remains morally and legally responsible for the safety and quality of the drugs that he prescribes. This program does not relieve him of that responsibility." STORES Save now at RADIAL TIRE HEADQUARTERS Corner 3rd Ave. and 8th St. S. 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