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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Saturday, October Beef inspections tightened OTTAWA (CP) A three- month ex- periment, which might lead to a large permanent corps of federal meat inspectors, is Health Minister Marc Lalontie's answer to com- plaints that traces of excre- ment have been found in some ground beef. He announced in the Com- mons Friday that 30 persons from his health protection branch are being reassigned temporarily to investigate the complaints. Outside the House, he said the investigation will be "for three months at although the program would be extended and expanded if initial surveys warrant more safeguards in the meat in- dustry, at processing, processing, packing and retail levels. The announcement came after nearly five solid days of opposition criticism, prompted by a CBC television show last Sunday night. The show, Marketplace, re- ported that a survey of 28 stores in some southwestern Ontario cities disclosed staphylococcus and coliform bacteria in 106 samples of ground beef. The former is fairly common although in high concentrations it can cause food poisoning. The latter is found only in human and animal excrement. A Canadian Medical Associ- ation spokesman said the only way coliform could turn up in the meat was unsanitary conditions when it was packed. He said the worker obviously neglected to wash his hands after having a bowel movement. Mr. Lalonde told the House that the CBC program implied that most of the samples tested were unsafe for human consumption. "The present programs and activities of my department do not substantiate this. At present there are no ed- pidemiological data to FIDGLITy TRUST Is pleased to announce the appointment of TIME REALTY College Mall 328-1171 Guaranteed Investment Certificates 1 to 5 year term Interest payable monthly, yearly, Vi yearly or compounded to maturity. Residential Mortgages Available associate ground meat with human illness in Canada." He did concede the facts suggest that the meats were improperly stored and "possibly unsanitary handling may have occurred." The health minister was asked outside the House why, if there is no health hazard, the government is diverting 30 inspectors. He replied that many con- sumers "are genuinely con- cerned" about the report and the opposition charges and that the survey is mainly to "allay their fears, even if they're totally unfounded." As well as diverting the 30 health protection branch em- ployees for meat in- spection mainly ground beef Mr. Lalonde said the branch is open- ing a new laboratory in Halifax, which will have 22 persons working on microbiology programs associated with food. He said the 'agriculture de- partment also has beef inspectors while the consumer affairs department has 195 in- spectors to protect the public interest. Provincial and municipal governments also had health inspectors. Mr. Lalonde said he deplores the opposition's at- tack, saying some MPs were "making outrageous statements." Ed Broadbent, the New Democratic Party's parlia- mentary leader, said earlier Career for SALES PERSONNEL with opportunity for advancement. SERVICO CENTRE 33161st Company Benefit Program On the Job Training Apply in Person Alberta Public Stockyards HIGHWAY NO. 3 By-Pass the Lelhbridge Market SpeeU CaH Sabs, Frifcy. list jwr ohm Eariy. YOU LOSE... STRONG COMPETITION WE NEED YOU! YOU NEED THE MARKET1 BE A PRICE BUILDER Offer your Cattle, Calves, Hogs and Sheep for Sale at The Lethbrldge Public Livestock Market The Place Prices Are Setl this week that Mr. Lalonde's statement that the meat was safe to eat if cooked was tan- tamount to saying "they can eat excrement! provided it is well-cooked." CBC Marketplace producer Murray Creed stood by his program's findings in an inter- view from Toronto after the health minister's statement in the House. He said the CBC hired the University of Guelph food sciences department to con- duct the three-month survey this summer. All round, ground chuck, hamburger and so-called which contains soyabean meal as a protein purchased on the day most families buy their groceries. Before being tested in a sterile environment, they were carefully stored so that stray bacteria could not affect the results of laboratory testing. Mr. Creed said the survey uncovered bacteria .counts ranging from to 1.1 billion bacteria in a grain of ground beef. The stores surveyed by the CBC in Toronto, Hamilton and Guelph all were branches of major and P, Dominion, Loblaws, Miracle Mart, Safeway and Zehris, a subsidiary of the Western con- glomerate. An A and P store in Hamilton was the source of the sample with the lowest bacteria count, in a gram. But, to illustrate how meat may be handled, the same store was the source of the sample with the second- highest count, 330 million. The sample with the 1.1-bil- lion count was soyaburger purchased Sept. 14 at a Domi- nion store in Toronto. Mr. Creed said the main problem lies in the fact that there are no federal standards governing bacteria counts in meat. Cyprus support sought OTTAWA (CP) Representatives of the Greek community in Canada called on the government Friday to -support the independence of Cyprus at the Oct. 28 United Nationsidehate on toe issue. In a petition ib External Af- fairs Minister Allan MacEa- chen, they also asked Canada to aid what they estimated are Greek-Cypriot refugees on the island. The delegation said it fears the government will abstain from any UN votes on Cyprus because of the presence of Ca- nadian peacekeeping troops on the island. After meeting the minister the delegation said it had re- ceived assurances that Canada supports an indepen- dent Cyprus. Buyers want and need your livestock day in and day out. Make them compete openly and balance your selling power, if you are in need of feeder cattle we will fill your order to your specifications and satisfaction. i CALL YOUR CO-OP We Also Buy Fat Cattle and Lambs! 327-4010 PHONE 327-4010 Skim milk subsidies not being passed on MARC LALONDE New mayor plans trip EDMONTON (CP) Mayor Bit! Hawrelak said Fri- he will lead business delegations to Minnesota and San Francisco within the next five weeks in an effort to drum up commercial interest in Edmonton. "If I can use this office to attract businesses to this city, then I certainly he told a news conference, adding that on the two business trips he is "going to be the chief spokesman there's no doubt about that." OTTAWA (CP) Federal skim milk powder subsidies are not being passed on to con- sumers in a number of cities, the food prices, review board said Friday. The board said in a state- ment it had recently dis- covered instances where the full benefit of the 24-cent-a- pound subsidy was not reflected in retail prices. The discoveries were made in a number of stores in Van- couver, Victoria, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Ont.. and Montreal during regular board milk monitoring inspections. The board said it was not certain whether retailers or the country's eight skim milk powder processing companies were at fault. But it had brought the matter to the attention of the agriculture department with a "request that steps be taken to ensure that all processors and retailers of skim milk powder comply with the spirit and the letter of the subsidy program." The agriculture department is responsible for administer- ing the year-old subsidy program. CITYOFLETHBRID6E NOTICE Property Owner Petitions Tor 1975 Local Improvements will be accepted by the Office of the City Clerk until November 8th, 1974 for the following Construction Projects: 1. New Sidewalks, Curbs Gutters 2. Renewal Sidewalks, Curbs Gutters 3. Street Paving 4. Lane .Paving APPOINTMENTS TO DEVELOPMENT APPEAL BOARD There will be vacancies on the Development Appeal Board. Inter- ested persons wishing 10 participate in civic affairs by serving on this Board are invited to write to the City Clerk, giving a short resume of them- selves. For further information please call the City Clerk's office at 328-2341. JohnGerte CHy Cleric THECmrOFLETHBRID6E and the 1975 Jnx Cmdi GUMS StcMy FAMILY OPENING ofttw Joux Canada Gamos Sportsplex 24th Street and Scenic Drive, Lelhbridge SATUWAYJOVEMBER 2nd (100 Oajt frw flw tf to 1975 Whtar tarn) 7tOO mjm. 11 You, all of Southern Alberta are invited to come and view this splendid Facility! Free Pop Free Coffee Free Hot Free Cbocdite All DIJ The board said it now is par- ticularly important that con- sumers be able to buy skim milk powder at the lowest pos- sible price because the government is ending its five- cent-a-quart subsidy on fluid milk. The two subsidies were im- plemented in the fall of 1973 to help cope with rapidly rising costs. But the government de- cided to end the flOB-million fluid milk subsidy because it said Canadians now are benefiting from higher family allowance and social security payments. The powder subsidy, worth about million a year, was not only continued by the gov- ernment, but increased. The subsidy was originally set in October, 1973, at 20 cents a pound, but was increased to 24 cents a pound during the summer to help offset government-approved prices increases to dairy farmers. The original 20-cent-a-pound subsidy actually only reduced retail prices by 17 cents a pound because the eight manufacturing companies were allowed to use the three- cents difference to cover cost increases. The eight companies that manufacture the estimated 90 million pounds of skim milk powder in the country each year are Gay Lea Foods, Weston, Ont.; Carnation Co. Ltd., Toronto; Fraser Valley Milk Producers Association, Vancouver; Co-operative Agr- icole, Granby, Que.; Lactan- tia Ltee., Victoriaville, Que.; Borden Co. Ltd., Don Mills, Ont; Cow and Gate (Canada) Ltd., BrockviUe, Ont.; and Stacey Bros. Ltd., Mitchell, Ont. The subsidy on skim milk powder is generally regarded more essential than the one for fluid milk because poor people are often forced to buy powder. 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