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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 22 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, November 7, 1974 Health crusader Pennifold's compCaints now in vogue At last, politicians concerned over bacteria in hamburger TERRY MCDONALD Herald Staif Writer EDMONTON They used to laugh and (ontempuouslv refer to Ken Penmfold and hib crew of public health inspectors here as 'modern dav evanguelists But things are changing Concern about the bacteria content of ham- burgei has suddenly become the "in thing tor federal opposition politicians since the CBC program Market Place examined the subject two weeks ago So Ur Penmfold, who has been complain- ing about excessive bacteria in hamburger and other foods for years, is suddenly in vogue Monday for instance, he his pioneering efforts in the field to a national public health seminar in Ottawa Dr Penmfold, chief of the city's en- vironmental health services, told The Herald in an interview last week that the federal govern- ment s answer to opposition MPs who are concerned about excessive and dangerous bacteria in foods the answer came in Health Minister Marc Lalonde's announce- ment that 30 government inspectors would henceforth watch bacteria levels in foods ,K loss the country was just "plain silly I'hn tv inspectors can't begin to do the job needed Dr Penmfold maintains He says the government could do something much more meaningful than that The portly 55 old veterinarian turn- ed public health activist advocates government regulated standards which nail down how many organisms should be allowed in foods With sound standards would come national guidelines for preparation and sanitation and would guarantee Canadians a uniform quality of foods Alberta has such standards for dairy products but the province has decided to wait for federal leadership before extending stan- dards to other foods Edmonton has what it calls "suggested bacterial content guidelines" standards the citv health officials feel food piocessors and retailers should be able to meet if they are using proper refrigeration and handling procedures The Edmonton Journal two and one half vears ago and again this year commissioned two University of Alberta food scientists to test a sampling of ground beef from Ed- monton stores The surveys found most samples to be higher than the city's suggested standards Some samples were much higher A couple were so bad Dr Penmfold said he wouldn't feed them to his dog Opponents of standards say that bacteria is killed when food is properly cooked They also say that all food, and meat especially, has some bacteria and, in fact, should have some bacteria Without it the meat would hardly be chewable Dr Penmfold acknowledges both arguments But he feels consumers shouldn't have to worry about cooking their food to ex- tremes to guarantee it won t make them sick And, while some bacteria in meat might not be harmful, test results have consistently found strains of bacteria that originated in human and animal intestinal tracts Hardly the kind of bacteria needed to make food chewable It all boils down, in Dr Penmfold s opinion, to giving people food they can have con- fidence in Dr Penmfold's interest in standards was first aroused 10 years ago by questions that consumers plagued him with "We would get questions from the public that we just couldn't answer A housewife would queiy us about meat that smelled fun- ny Should she eat it' Hell, we didn't know "Questions like that were kind of em- barrassing We'd get a sample of the meat and do a lab test on it And many times the results were pretty horrifying "But we were still stuck We knew there was a lot of bacteria in the samples but we didn't know if it was safe or not We didn't have a yardstick to measure this meat against good quality meat "How many bacteria meant bad food' We didn't Dr Penmfold says Gradually, his crew of 18 public health inspectors built up experience by scrounging samples of food from stores "We didn't have a budget for buying samples so we had to scrounge what we could Discussions with public health experts across the country and the United States backed up the department's first hand ex- perience and in 1972 Edmonton came out with its "suggested guidelines the first such guidelines in Canada Dr Penmfold's behind the scenes pressuring of food processors and retailers, The Journal's surveys, an article in Readers' Digest and finally the Market Place program, which quoted the Edmonton experience along with tests of its own on ground beef in southern Ontario h. s brought the issue to where it is today The future' Dr Penmfold says the federal government has the expertise "but not the leadership, it seems" to carry the ball on its own But he sees two things spurring the federal officials on First, the United States Food and Drug Administration is preparing standards for meat, and Canada will likely have to move to stay abreast Second, consumers are becoming better educated and will demand action from Ottawa Meantime, Dr Penmfold expects more in- cidents like the one he went through with an Eastern Canadian processor of turkey and chicken pies Suspicious public health authorities in Ed- monton tested 170 turkey and chicken pies and found 135 had traces of excrement "The producer merely thanked us for our Dr Penmfold says "Federal controls would make them do something about it Judith Ward's personality change an unsolved riddle Autumn's bliss prolonged What better way to spend the poignant, smokey days of the student at Catholic Central High School, thinks grass, sky and sun past week's prolonged autumn weather than enjoying some read- makes a perfect setting in which to peruse her paperback. ing in the sun'? Obviously, Renee Holt of 605 27 St N a grade nine PICTURE BUTTE CATHOLIC WOMEN'S LEAGUE held their Annual Fall Supper and Raffle. Nov. 1. 1974 TOMBOLA TICKET WINNERS 3rd Prize Ted Meidhlpickel 2nd Prize W J Vornbrock, Edmonton 1st Prize Reverend D Vornbrock, Picture Suite Congratulations to each of the winners and to the many ___ who made the supper such 3 success after vou see your doctor f brine your prescription to President of Seagrams suing for annulment NEW YORK (AP) Edgar Bronfman, president of the world s largest distilling com- panv is suing for annulment of his marriage to Lady Caroline Townshend. direct descendant of the man whose tea tax on the British colonies was a prime cause of the American revolution Bronfman told Judge Jacob Grumet in State Supreme Court this week that Lady Caroline "had a hangup about and could not sleep me The 44-> ear-old Bronfman is the son of Samuel Bronfman of Montreal, founder of Seagrams The voting Bronfman is the president of Seagrams He said he found what he said of Lady Caroline strange since he and she "were lovers" for four months before their marriage last Dec 18 Both have been previously married and both have chil- dren Bronfman prominent in Jewish philanthropic circles and a director of both the New York Philharmonic Society and Washington's John F Kennedy Centre for the Per- forming Arts, said he gave Lady Caroline million, in jewels, and the title deeds to a baronial mansion ;n Yorktown Heights Westchester Bronfman told the judge that Lady Caroline suggested 'her family advised her that because I was a man of means. million was a paltry sum and I should settle million on her Community calendar Outstanding whisky is a Canadian heritage. Taste our classic example. CA.VA.DIAJ" HERITAGE HERITAGE The Lethbndge Naturalists Society will meet at 8 p m Friday in the Bowman Arts Centre This will be members' night and members are asked to bring 10 of the best slides to show, plus an entry for the Christmas card competition Klection of officers will he held SI Michael's Hospital Aux- iliary is hosting a continental breakfast and a showing of Christmas fashions beginning at 10 a m Nov 29 in SI Michael s auditorium Tickets are limited but may be obtain- ed at s Ladies Wear, Leisters Music Ltd or by phoning 327-6458 or 328-4242 Proceeds will be going towards the children s ward of St Mjchael s Hospital The Lethbndge Women's In- stitute will hold the annual meeting at 7 30 p m Nov 13 at the home of Mrs R G.vgie. 136 15th St Mrs J Black and Mrs M Shields will be hostesses A good attendance is requested LONDON (CP) Blonde Judith ward, who once shared a passion for horses with thou- sands of British girls, has been convicted of the biggest massmurder in British legal history and her personality change remains an unsolved riddle It was her ambition to get a job with being turned down for an American rodeo because her looks were too ironically led the withdrawn Lancashire- born girl to Ireland and her first meetings with members of the clandestine Irish Republican Army (IRA) Her involvement culminated in a bomb blowing apart a bus-load of British soldiers, their wives and children on a northern highway last February For the deaths of the 12 per- sons killed in that explosion, Judith Ward, 25, has received an unprecedented 12 life sen- tences, as well as a series of other long-term sentences for complicity in other bombings The judge said he would not recommend any limit to her prison term as the offences were "so heinous that no figure could be put on that would be appropriate to their gravity How did, as one headline put it, "a pony-mad girl turn into a pitiless killer9" Judith was quiet and gentle as a teen- ager, the second oldest of five children born to a couple in Stockport, Lancashire, who were later divorced Her elder brother. Tom, remembers her as being "mad on kids and horses, especially horses In Ireland, she found a job at a riding stable near Dun- dalk a border town and a well-known nest of provisional IRA men Here she mingled with IRA gunmen in bars and absorbed a romantic idea of their aims She returned to England flaunting an Irish ac- cent and much to her family s surprise said she now was "fed up with horses" and CHILDREN BENEFIT EDMONTON (CP) Xenia Turko Ukrainian language consultant for public and -separate schools, said a krainian kindergarten program is designed to make cnildrrn bicultural and bilirTgual She said studies have shown thjt children spejking two languages have d greater .sonal awareness c LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. F A LEISTEB. Aid AodtologW Paramount Theatre Bldg. Phone 328-4080 715-4th Avenue S. 327-2272 j -The Herald Family wanted to join the Women's Royal Army Corps By thio time she had already been trained in bomb-making techniques and had passed her IRA initiation tests by making gun-running trips between Dublin and Belfast, sometimes dressed as a boy After basic army training, she became a signals operator in Aldershot the garrison town in southern England Failing in an attempt to get transferred to Northern Ireland she went absent without leave in 1971 and in a Dundalk bar drew a sketch- map for the IRA of the Aldershot barracks A bomb explosion there the following vear killed seven persons including an army priest and several women After discharge from the ar- my she went full-time into IRA training and was recruited for one of their elite bombing squads working in England IRA women commanders notably Dolours and Marion of the massive explosions in central London last year generally regarded as more fanatically devoted to duty than the men The capture of the Prices and Ward, however, may lead to fewer being used in England, detec- tives believe Judith was back in stables, working for Chipperfields cir- cus when she conspired in the bomb-planting on the weekend leave bus In court she said with apparent distress that she had no idea children would be on board Her defence counsel's mam case was to plead she was "a female Walter Mitty" who wove fantasies about everything, including a non- existent "secret marriage" to an IRA man killed last year in a raid on a police post in Ulster Her life sentence may in fact save her life, because she now is almost certainly on the IRA s death list JACKPOT BINGO This Thursday Evening, November 7th Spontored by Ladies' Aid of St Peter and St Church STARTS P.M. 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