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Maple Leaf: Recall Our Government Instead

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This is a delicate issue.  And a challenging topic.  Because of the legalities involved, I don’t want to do or say anything more than just ask some questions about what has happened with this outbreak of disease.

More than a dozen deaths are linked to Maple Leaf Foods, most of which have been recalled.  I personally can’t shop anymore without questioning the value of all of the meats that are on display, be they packaged or processed.

For the benefit of the people that follow this blog, a full list of the products on recall has been provided below.

As a consumer, I think we’re entitled to ask some questions.

Let’s start with this article by the CBC:

Federal inspectors are spending less time on the factory floor and relying more on food producers to monitor themselves, the head of the union for federal food safety inspectors said Wednesday.

Since March 31, food producers have been conducting their own tests for bacteria such as Listeria monocytogenes , and writing their own food safety reports, Bob Kingston, president of the Agriculture Union of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, told the CBC’s Susan Bonner.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency inspectors have since had to deal with significantly more paperwork, which reduces their awareness of the everyday goings-on at meat-packing and processing facilities, said Kingston, formerly an inspector with the CFIA.

"The biggest concern from the [CFIA] inspection staff is simply the amount of time now they spend looking at reports and generating reports," said Kingston.

"And all of that means time off of the production floor."

Not enough attention was given to how the transition to the new procedures would affect the food inspection process, said Kingston.

"Basically there is a transition period where you know that things are going to be a little touch and go, and there probably should have been more resources put into the program, at least until there had been enough time to see how it worked."

A spokesman for the CFIA based in Ottawa wouldn’t provide comment, but the agency has a news conference planned for later Wednesday.

People are suggesting that there are flaws in the structure of the meat inspection process and that changes are needed.  However, we know what the true flaw is:  deregulation.

It’s hard not to get emotional about these things when you read them.

Why is it that our federal government is blaming the process when it was working fine before they came along?

Why is it that deregulation and a different process allowed the outbreak to occur?

Why is our government continuing to blame previous governments?

I think these are the questions we all have to focus on.

Here’s more from this article:

A secret cabinet document leaked last month suggested the federal Conservatives want to hand over more inspection duties to industry as a part of future reforms.

The Tories, who haven’t yet legislated any changes in food inspection policy, have not confirmed what their plans for reform would be.

They also haven’t indicated that any changes have been made, besides hiring 200 new federal inspectors since their government took power in January 2006.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper told reporters Tuesday the food rules were in need of a "reform and revamp" after "some years of neglect."

Critics have increasingly voiced their concerns federal Conservatives’ plans for food inspection reform.

Ontario Health Minister David Caplan said Tuesday he is concerned by the Tories’ plan to shift more responsibility for food inspection to producers.

Last week, Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion and Liberal agriculture critic Wayne Easter criticized the Tories for the possible changes, with Easter accusing the Tories of downloading responsibility for food inspection onto industry as a "cost-saving measure."

All we can really do in a situation is look to the past.  In the past, a number of Ministers that are currently running things on the federal level were Ministers at the Ontario Provincial level.  These people were in charge when we had issues arise like Walkerton, where people died.

What is the correlation here?  What is the trend?  Should we expect more health and safety issues as testing and reporting for other consumer goods and durable products are passed off to the industry?

Doesn’t this raise alarms?

Aren’t you concerned for the health of your family?

Aren’t you concerned for the rights of Canadian Food Inspection Agency employees that aren’t able to do the jobs they were hired to do?

Aren’t you concerned that we’ll vote again for people that think this is OK?

Of course, it’s not all questions.

There are solutions to the problem.

We need to eliminate the virtual monopoly that companies have on our distribution systems, be it for oil, food or other goods and services.  "Local" is certainly one answer, but we need to harness the energy of local and truly understand how a local strategy will benefit all of us.

Buying directly from small producers that go to federally-run abattoirs would be a nice fantasy, but we should demand something that’s at least modestly similar to this scenario.

This would ensure small producers maximize what they earn on their efforts, consumers get the freshest product/produce and delivery systems, like large-scale trucking and hauling are minimized.

The other solution is to not buy meat.  This is a challenge for me because I’m not a vegetarian, but you can certainly reduce the volume of processed meats.  It’ll be better for your health, because sulphides and other preservatives are not good for your system.

When the debate on this heats up, try to remember this:  when people talk of privatization and deregulation, think of economic Hindenbergs like Enron .

Last thought:  what would it take to get a recall of our current government?  Sorry.  I couldn’t resist.

Now … here’s the full list of recalled products as of August 28, 2008:

Here is the full Maple Leaf recall list, showing the product code, product name, UPC / SCC code, best-before date and package size:

  • Artisan Collection All Ham Kielbassa 32138 90063100321386 22-Oct-08 3.5 kg
  • Artisan Collection CA OVEN RSTD TKY 32125 90063100321256 22-Oct-08 4 kg
  • Artisan Collection Montreal Smoked Meat 32136 90063100321362 15-Oct-08 2.5 kg
  • Best Value Cooked Ham 24171 771212852557 22-Oct-08 375 g
  • Bittners Country Hearth Kielbassa Baked Meat Loaf Smoked 60271 90060811602711 29-Oct-08 2 kg
  • Bittners Country Hearth Peppercorn Baked Meat Loaf Smoked 60218 90060811602186 29-Oct-08 2 kg
  • Bittners / Schneiders All Ham Kielbasa Smoked Sausage 60250 90060811602506 22-Oct-08 3.5 kg
  • Bittners / Schneiders Country Hearth French Onion Baked Meat Loaf Smoked 60215 90060811602155 29-Oct-08 2 kg
  • Bittners / Schneiders Country Hearth Ham & Bacon Baked Meat Loaf 60213 90060811602131 29-Oct-08 2 kg
  • Bittners / Schneiders Slo-Roast Oven Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast 60235 90060811602353 22-Oct-08 4 kg
  • Boston Pizza Slow Cooked shaved Roast Beef 07133 10063100071339 16-Feb-09 750 g
  • Burns Bite Size Snack Pepperoni Bites 21360 063100213602 2-Jan-09 500 g
  • Burns Bologna 17034 006400017034 22-Oct-08 4 kg
  • Burns Bologna 17035 90056839170356 22-Oct-08 2/CN
  • Burns Bologna 24945 064000002129 22-Oct-08 6kg
  • Burns Bologna 29920 64000002129 22-Oct-08 750 g
  • Burns Bologna 33030 0 640220 4 22-Oct-08 175 g
  • Burns Bung Bologna 24759 90056839247591 22-Oct-08 3.5- 4 kg
  • Burns Cooked Ham 34908 06402107 15-Oct-08 375 g
  • Burns Cooked Ham 35890 06401904 15-Oct-08 175 g
  • Burns Pepperoni 18015 90064000180158 18-Dec-08 2.3 kg
  • Burns Pepperoni 19496 06420307 15-Oct-08 375 g
  • Burns Pepperoni 46590 06403504 15-Oct-08 175 g
  • Burns Pepperoni Generic 41452 90063100414521 15-Oct-08
  • Burns Pizza Toppings (Salami, Smoked Ham, Pepperoni) 60089 90060383600894 22-Oct-08 2.2 kg
  • Burns Salami 10812 06411707 29-Oct-08 375 g
  • Burns Salami 17981 90064000179817 18-Dec-08 2.3 kg
  • Burns Salami Generic 41451 90063100414514 29-Oct-08
  • Burns Summer Sausage 18007 90064000180073 18-Dec-08 2.3 kg
  • Burns Salami 49743 06403203 29-Oct-08 175 g
  • Burns Salami, Pepperoni, Summer Sausage 53640 90000000536403 19-Oct-08 3.98 kg
  • Campfire Garlic Sausage 39691 10056839396910 22-Oct-08 500 g
  • Compliments COMPLIMENTS CHKN BRST 12×125 g 34219 22-Oct-08 125 g
  • Compliments COMPLIMENTS TURKY BRST 12x125g 34220 22-Oct-08 125 g
  • Compliments Fat Free Chicken Breast 34225 0 55742 38110 8 22-Oct-08 125 g
  • Compliments Fat Free Turkey Breast 34226 0 55742 38111 5 22-Oct-08 125 g
  • Coorsh Pastrami Smoked Beef 50499 90055900504991 22-Oct-08 2.1 kg
  • Coorsh Smoked Meat 4×50 g 51275 0 55900 51275 7 22-Oct-08 200 g
  • Country Morning Cooked Ham 17418 057316029089 22-Oct-08 175 g
  • Country Morning Cooked Ham 82538 057316173027 22-Oct-08 375 g
  • Equality Cooked Ham 24263 057627350407 22-Oct-08 375 g
  • Foodservice Roast Beef Cooked, Seasoned 71330 10064875713301 1-Oct-08 10 kg
  • Foodservice Food Service Corned Beef/Smkd meat 71331 10064875113318 1-Oct-08 10 kg
  • Harmonie Cooked Ham 20079 0 57316 07215 3 22-Oct-08 375 g
  • Hickory Farms Beef Stick Beef Sausage 93199 058485931999 16-Feb-09 1 kg
  • Hickory Farms Beef Stick Beef Sausage 06932 10058485069323 16-Feb-09 250 g
  • Hickory Farms Beef Stick Beef Sausage 16963 10058485063634 16-Feb-09 175 g
  • Hickory Farms Beef Stick Beef Sausage 91004 058485910048 16-Feb-09 375 g
  • Hickory Farms Beef Stick Beef Sausage with Roasted Garlic 91017 058485910178 16-Feb-09 375 g
  • Hickory Farms #2 Beef Stick Beef Sausage 93198 10000000931981 16-Feb-09
  • Hygrade Pepperoni 00040 05864000508 17-May-09 25 g
  • Hygrade Barbeque Flavoured Sausage 00042 058640000522 17-May-09 25 g
  • Hygrade Barbeque Flavoured Sausage 00052 058640000522 17-May-09 25 g
  • Hygrade Pepperoni 00050 058640000508 17-May-09 25 g
  • Hygrade Garlic Bologna 00207 058640002076 18-Nov-08 500 g
  • Hygrade Cooked, Sliced Smoked Meat 01151 058640011511 22-Oct-08 200 g
  • Kirkland Signature Smoked Pastrami Beef Rounds 08448 0 62000 08448 0 15-Oct-08 1 kg
  • Maple Leaf PREM DELI REG BOLO MP CAS 2PC 07711 90000000077111 18-Dec-08 4.5 kg
  • Maple Leaf #2 Assorted Cooked Meats 17183 10056839171838 22-Oct-08 5 kg
  • Maple Leaf #2 Assorted Smoked Sausage Rings 22930 90000000229305 22-Oct-08 1.8 kg
  • Maple Leaf #2 Bologna 22931 10000000229316 22-Oct-08 1.5kg
  • Maple Leaf #2 Turkey Breast Roast Ends & Pieces Cooked 99158 10063100991583 1-Oct-08 1kg
  • Maple Leaf All Beef Bologna 82708 063100827083 29-Oct-08 375 g
  • Maple Leaf Deli Meat Macaroni and Cheese Loaf 22781 90063100227817 15-Oct-08 2/CA
  • Maple Leaf Blood Pudding 22919 90063100229194 29-Oct-08 425 g
  • Maple Leaf Bologna 22882 90063100228821 22-Oct-08 1 kg
  • Maple Leaf Bologna 82771 063100827717 29-Oct-08 375 g
  • Maple Leaf Cooked Diced All white Turkey Roll 80316 90067052803167 20-Aug-09 2.25 kg
  • Maple Leaf Cooked Ham 82024 0 63100 82024 4 22-Oct-08 375 g
  • Maple Leaf Deli Express Smoked Meat 4×50 g 83744 0 63100 83744 0 22-Oct-08 200 g
  • Maple Leaf Deli Gourmet Roast Beef Slices 60243 10000000602430 1-Oct-08 1 kg
  • Maple Leaf Deli Mock Chicken Loaf Rolled in Toasted Wheat Crumbs 22829 90063100228296 15-Oct-08 3.6 kg
  • Maple Leaf Deli Shaved Corned Beef 48000 0 62000 48019 0 22-Oct-08 200 g
  • Maple Leaf Deli Shaved Honey Ham 48004 0 62000 48017 6 22-Oct-08 200 g
  • Maple Leaf Deli Shaved Smoked Ham 48002 0 62000 48016 9 22-Oct-08 200 g
  • Maple Leaf Deli Shaved Smoked Meat 48001 0 62000 48020 6 22-Oct-08 200 g
  • Maple Leaf Deli Shaved Smoked Turkey 48003 0 62000 48018 3 22-Oct-08 200 g
  • Maple Leaf EZEE PIZZA (pepperoni, italian style salami, black forest smoke ham) 80219 64000040503 22-Oct-08 250 g
  • Maple Leaf Ezee Sub Dagwood (Salami, Bologna, Smoked Luncheon Meat) 61380 0 63100 61380 8 22-Oct-08 375 g
  • Maple Leaf Ezee Sub Hero (Pepperoni, Salami, Smoked Ham) 61361 0 63100 61361 7 22-Oct-08 375 g
  • Maple Leaf Ezee Sub Gourmet (Smoked Turkey Breast, Smoked Ham, Smoked Corned Beef) 61353 0 63100 61353 2 22-Oct-08 250 g
  • Maple Leaf Ezee Sub Turkey (Smoked Turkey Breast, Smoked Turkey Salami, Smoked Ham Style Turkey) 68684 0 63100 68684 0 22-Oct-08 250 g
  • Maple Leaf Fully Cooked Grilled Chicken Breast Strips 89442 063100894429 22-Oct-08 400 g
  • Maple Leaf Fully Cooked Grilled Chicken Breast Strips Seasoned and Glazed 89425 063100894252 22-Oct-08 150 g
  • Maple Leaf Garlic Bologna 82718 063100827182 5-Nov-08 375 g
  • Maple Leaf Hot Pepperoni 83166 063100831660 29-Oct-08 250 g
  • Maple Leaf MAPLE LEAF DELI BOLOGNA 2×4.5 kg 22507 90063100225073 16-Feb-09 4.5 kg
  • Maple Leaf ML BEEF SALAMI 2×2.5 kg 33249 90063100332498 18-Dec-08 2.4 kg
  • Maple Leaf ML Deli Headcheese Gelatine Added 22766 90063100227664 22-Oct-08 1.5 kg
  • Maple Leaf ML LARGE WAX BOLO 2×4.4 kg 22101 90063100221013 16-Feb-09 4.4 kg
  • Maple Leaf ML LARGE WAX BOLO 6×4.4 kg 22555 90063100225554 16-Feb-09 4.4 kg
  • Maple Leaf ML SURE SLI SHVD SMKD TKY 3×1 kg 21449 10063100214491 15-Oct-08 1 kg
  • Maple Leaf ML WAX BOLOGNA BAG 6×1 kg 22388 9006300223888 18-Dec-08 1 kg
  • Maple Leaf ML WISE-CH WAX BOLOGNA 2×4 kg 82151 90063100821510 18-Dec-08 4 kg
  • Maple Leaf Oven Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast 60236 90060811602360 8-Oct-08 4 kg
  • Maple Leaf Pepperoni 83118 90063100831182 18-Dec-08
  • Maple Leaf Pepperoni 83130 063100831301 29-Oct-08 250 g
  • Maple Leaf Pepperoni 50% Less Fat 83121 063100831219 29-Oct-08 250 g
  • Maple Leaf Salami 22851 90063100228517 18-Dec-08 2.8 kg
  • Maple Leaf Smoked Pastrami Beef Rounds 08450 10000000084502 1-Oct-08 10 kg
  • Maple Leaf Sure Slice Black Forest Style Ham 21440 10063100214408 22-Oct-08 1 kg
  • Maple Leaf Sure Slice Combo Pack 21388 10063100213883 1-Oct-08 1 kg
  • Maple Leaf Sure Slice Corned Beef 21444 10063100214446 15-Oct-08 1 kg
  • Maple Leaf Sure Slice Roast Beef 21333 10063100213333 1-Oct-08 1 kg
  • Maple Leaf Sure Slice Smoked Ham 21331 10063100213319 22-Oct-08 1 kg
  • Maple Leaf Sure Slice Turkey Breast Roast 21334 10063100213340 15-Oct-08 1 kg
  • Maple Leaf Sure Slice Salami 21447 10063100214477 22-Oct-08 1 kg
  • Maple Leaf Thick Sliced Bologna 375 g 82756 0 63100 82756 4 22-Oct-08 375 g
  • Mayfair / Marque Chopped Cooked Ham 82015 05962028662 22-Oct-08 375 g
  • McDonalds Sliced Cooked Turkey Breast 26365 10063100263659 1-Oct-08 470 g
  • Mitchell’s Cheddar Cheese Smoked Sausage 600 g 24355 0 59620 74241 8 22-Oct-08 600 g
  • Mitchell’s Mozzarela Cheese Smoked Sausage 600 g 60674 0 59620 74527 3 22-Oct-08 600 g
  • Mitchell’s Smoked Sausage 600 g 60402 0 59620 82716 0 22-Oct-08 600 g
  • Mr. Sub Seasoned Cooked Roast Beef 02356 10063100023567 8-Oct-08 500 g
  • No Name Garlic Sausage 39144 90060383391440 22-Oct-08
  • No Name Low Fat Smoked Turkey And Ham 67768 060383368760 15-Oct-08 375 g
  • No Name Low Fat Smoked Turkey Breast 67776 6038336878 15-Oct-08 375 g
  • Northern Best Value Cooked Ham 38164 771212852649 22-Oct-08 175 g
  • Olympic Cooked Ham 82023 59620134398 22-Oct-08 175 g
  • Overlander Garlic Sausage 55372 06935216 5-Nov-08 300 g
  • Overlander Garlic Sausage Double Smoked 55308 06930813 5-Nov-08 300 g
  • Overlander Ham Sausage 55355 06935517 19-Nov-08 300 g
  • Overlander Hot Pepperoni Stiks 55863 06986317 17-May-09 200 g
  • Overlander Kolbassa Sausage 55353 06935313 19-Nov-08 300 g
  • Overlander Mild Pepperoni Stiks 55867 06986715 17-May-09 200 g
  • Overlander Pepperoni 55559 06955919 5-Nov-08 250 g
  • Overlander Pepperoni for Pizza 55114 10069100551147 22-Oct-08 3.2 kg
  • Overlander Polish Sausage 55351 06935119 5-Nov-08 300 g
  • Overlander Salami 55558 06955812 5-Nov-08 250 g
  • Overlander Summer Sausage 55551 06955113 5-Nov-08 250 g
  • Overlander Ukrainian Sausage 55350 06935012 18-Nov-08 300 g
  • Overlander Ukrainian Sausage Double Smoked 55307 06930716 19-Nov-08 300 g
  • Parma Canadian Style Pepperoni 01742 90055900017422 29-Oct-08 2.5 kg
  • Parma Pepperoni 01740 10063100017405 29-Oct-08 2.5 kg
  • Parma PM PEPPERONI 4×4.5 kg 01745 90055900017453 20-Aug-08
  • Parma Pepperoni 01750 10063100017504 29-Oct-08 2.5 kg
  • Pizza Nova Sliced Pepperoni 01741 10063100017412 29-Oct-08 2.5 kg
  • Safeway Pepperoni Generic 81795 90000000817953 22-Oct-08 4.07 kg
  • Safeway Salami Generic 81809 90000000818097 22-Oct-08 4.07 kg
  • Safeway Three Variety Super Pack (Salami, Pepperoni, Summer Sausage) 88404 90000000884047 22-Oct-08 790 g
  • Schneider Deli Shaved Smoked Ham 48016 0 62000 48016 9 22-Oct-08 200 g
  • Schneider Deli Shaved Fully Cooked Smoked Honey Ham 48017 0 62000 48017 6 22-Oct-08 200 g
  • Schneider Deli Shaved Smoked Turkey Breast 48018 0 62000 48018 3 22-Oct-08 200 g
  • Schneider Deli Shaved Corned Beef 48019 0 62000 48019 0 22-Oct-08 200 g
  • Schneider Deli Shaved Smoked Meat 48020 0 62000 48020 6 22-Oct-08 200 g
  • Schneider’s Bavarian smokies 02106 0 64844 02105 8 29-Oct-08 1 kg
  • Schneider’s Cheddar smokies 02126 0 64844 02124 9 29-Oct-08 1 kg
  • Schneiders Deli Best Seasoned Cooked Roast Beef 09628 90064844096288 15-Oct-08 2.5 kg
  • Schneiders Deli Best Cooked Montreal Style Corned Beef 09679 90064844096790 15-Oct-08 2.5 kg
  • Schneiders Deli Best Cooked Montreal Style Corned Beef 24796 90064844247963 15-Oct-08 2.5 kg
  • Schneiders Deli Best Seasoned Cooked Roast Beef 24802 90064844248021 15-Oct-08 2.5
  • Schneiders Roast Beef, Seasoned and Cooked 42706 10063100427068 8-Oct-08 500 g
  • Schneiders Montreal Style Corned Beef 44938 10063100449381 15-Oct-08 500 g
  • Schneiders JMS SMKD BLK FOREST HAM 12×425 g 89455 6200089455 22-Oct-08
  • Schneiders JMS SMKD BLKK FOREST HAM 20×100 g 89456 10062000894567 22-Oct-08
  • Schneiders JMS SMKD TURKEY 89458 6200089458 15-Oct-08
  • Schneiders JMS SPICY PEPPERONI 89460 10062000894604 29-Oct-08
  • Schneiders JMS ITAL STYLE SALAMI 89461 10062000894611 29-Oct-08
  • Schneiders Liverwurst Fine 60165 062000601656 18-Dec-08 175 g
  • Schneiders Liverwurst with Herbs 60166 062000601663 18-Dec-08 175 g
  • Schneiders Liverwurst Creamy 60167 062000601670 18-Dec-08 175 g
  • Shopsys Cooked Seasoned Montreal Style Smoked Meat Extra Lean 27118 90064875271180 15-Oct-08 2.5 kg
  • Shopsys Corned Beef 4×50 g 21093 0 64875 21093 3 22-Oct-08 200 g
  • Shopsys Old Vienna All Beef Salami 20080 64875200804 22-Oct-08 500 g
  • Shopsys Pepperoni 20085 064875200859 17-May-09 25 g
  • Shopsys Real Deli Corned Beef Extra Lean 27080 90064875270800 15-Oct-08 2.5 kg
  • Shopsys Seasoned Fully Cooked Roast Beef Extra Lean 21760 90064875217607 15-Oct-08 2/cn
  • The Butcher’s Cut Cooked Ham 88013 0 58200 67415 6 22-Oct-08 375 g
  • The Butcher’s Cut Cooked Ham 88331 0 58200 15184 8 22-Oct-08 175 g
  • Tim Hortons Slow Roast Beef, WIP 33544
  • Tim Hortons TIM HORTONS ROAST BEEF 33540 6310033540 16-Feb-09 1.25 kg
  • Western Family Sliced Cooked Ham 175 g 22357 0 62639 18159 8 22-Oct-08 175 g
  • Western Family Sliced Cooked Ham 22365 0 62639 18159 8 22-Oct-08 375 g
  • Westfair Pepperoni Generic 53635 90060383536353 22-Oct-08 3.98 kg
  • Westfair Summer Sausage 53619 90060383536193 22-Oct-08 3.98 kg
  • Westfair Salami Generic 53627 90060383536278 22-Oct-08 3.98 kg
  • Westfair Sub Sandwich (Salami, Smoked Ham, Pepperoni) 82457 90000000824579 22-Oct-08 3.91 kg
  • BURNS SADDLE-PACK BOLO 12/2×250 41450 90063100414507 22-Oct-08
  • ML LOUISIANA BLACKENED ROAST BEEF 41825 8-Oct-08
  • BURNS SL SUMMER 12×175 g 65757 6403106 15-Oct-08 175 g

Frozen products:

  • 78010 Maple Leaf BAVARIAN SMOKIES FROZEN 100 63100 78010 1 08AU20 4 kg
  • 78023 Maple Leaf DEBREZINER SAUSAGE FROZEN 100 63100 78023 1 08AU20 4 kg
  • 78016 Maple Leaf GERMAN BRATWURST SAUSAGE 100 63100 78016 3 08AU20 4 kg
  • 55357 Maple Leaf HAM SAUSAGE FROZEN 100 00000 55357 0 08AU20 1.5 kg
  • 78017 Maple Leaf HOT ITALIAN SAUSAGE FROZEN 100 63100 78017 9 08AU20 4 kg
  • 50583 Maple Leaf PG BEEF TOPPING FROZEN 100 63100 50583 4 08AU20 1 kg
  • 50579 Maple Leaf PG COOKED ITALIAN SAUSAGE TOP FROZEN 100 63100 50579 7 08AU20 1 kg
  • 50624 Maple Leaf SLICED PEPPERONI FROZEN 100 63100 50624 4 08AU20 5 kg
  • 50638 Maple Leaf TENDER RINGS PEPPERONI FROZEN 900 00000 50638 3 08AU20 24 kg
  • 50652 Rouyn LARGE PEPPERONI FROZEN 900 00000 50652 9 08AU20 24 kg
  • 71350 Shopsys FOODSERVICE PEPPERONI FROZEN 100 63100 71350 5 08AU20 5kg
  • 71352 Shopsys FOODSERVICE PEPPERONI FROZEN 100 64875 71352 3 08AU20 2.5 kg

The following Safeway brand and TakeAwayCafe brand sandwiches are also being recalled by their distributer, Lucerne Foods, because they may contain meat previously recalled by Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

The affected products are listed by product name, UPC code and best before date.

Safeway brand Gold Standard Sandwiches:

  • Lumberjack (Whole) – 58200 00460 – AU 25
  • Lumberjack (Half) – 58200 00462 – AU 25
  • Lumberjack (Quarter) – 58200 00464 – AU 25
  • Ciabatta Club – 58200 00472 – AU 25
  • Beef and Blue Cheese Focaccia – 58200 00490 – AU 25
  • Italian Focaccia – 58200 00480 – AU 25
  • Italian Hoagie – 58200 00486 – AU 25
  • Traditional Hoagie – 58200 00476 – AU 25
  • Basic Sub – 58200 00466 – AU 25
  • Black Forest Ham and Swiss Cheese – 58200 00470 – AU 25
  • Roast Beef and Cheddar – 58200 00474 – AU 25
  • Turkey and Havarti – 58200 00468 – AU 25
  • TakeAwayCafe brand Mac’s Sandwiches:
  • Roast Beef Submarine – 89048 03110 – 08 SE 03
  • Pizza Submarine 89048 03108 – 08 SE 03
  • Our Super Submarine – 89048 03109 – 08 SE 03
  • Chicken Club Sub – 89048 03111 – 08 SE 10
  • Hoagie Sub with Sausage – 89048 03107 – 08 SE 07
  • Sirloin Pepperjack (small) – 89048 03118 – 08 AU 28
  • Sirloin Pepperjack (large) – 89048 03119 – 08 AU 28
  • Monterey Jack Chicken (small) – 89048 03121 – 08 AU 28
  • Monterey Jack Chicken (large) – 89048 03120 – 08 AU 28
  • Meat Lover’s (small) – 89048 03117 – 08 AU 28
  • Meat Lover’s (large) – 89048 03116 – 08 AU 28
  • Ham and Cheese – 89048 03123 – 08 AU 28
  • Sirloin Kaiser – 89048 03124 – 08 AU 28
  • Chicken Kaiser – 89048 03125 – 08 AU 28
  • Chicken Wrap – 89048 03126 – 08 AU 28

The following Fresh 2 Go (F2GO) brand sandwiches also may contain meat contaminated by Listeria. They have been distributed in Ontario through selected A & P and Dominion stores:

  • Roast Turkey Club Ciabatta 223978 804883 265 g 08.AU.24
  • Roast Turkey & Spinach Wrap 223977 804351 215 g 08.AU.24
  • Roast Turkey & Swiss Cheese Ciabatta 223984 804884 265 g 08.AU.24

These Irving, Sub Delicious, and Needs brand sandwiches have also been recalled due to possible contamination. These sandwiches have been distributed in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

  • Irving Roast Beef with Cheddar Cheese Sandwich 200 g 0 50365 01013 8 08 AU 22
  • Irving 1/4 Lb King Roast Beef Sub 194 g 0 50365 01037 4 08 AU 22
  • Irving ½ Lb King Roast Beef Sub 388 g 0 50365 01034 3 08 AU 22
  • Irving Roast Beef and Cheese Wrap with Chipotle Sauce 230 g 0 50365 01018 3 08 AU 22
  • Sub Delicious Meat Pita Sandwich twist 165 g 0 55742 98003 5 08 SE 3
  • Sub Delicious Deli Meat Clubhouse Sub 210 g 0 55742 98018 9 08 SE 3
  • Sub Delicious Beef & Cheese Sub 190 g 0 55742 98012 7 08 SE 3
  • Sub Delicious Belly Buster Club Sub 274 g 0 55742 98105 6 08 SE 3
  • Sub Delicious Belly Buster Roast Beef Sub 258 g 0 55742 98107 0 08 SE 3
  • Sub Delicious Clubhouse Sandwich 210 g 0 55742 98020 2 08 SE 3
  • Needs Clubhouse Sandwich on Ciabatta 209 g 0 55742 98080 3 08 AU 26

The following Kirkland Signature brand platters, distributed across Canada by Costco Wholesale stores, have been recalled because they contain ready-to-eat deli meat already recalled by Maple Leaf Foods.

However, there have been no reported illnesses linked to these platters.

  • Kirkland Signature Croissant Platter 0 00000 29048 7 08.AU.28
  • Kirkland Signature Meat & Cheese Platter 0 0000 10683 2 08.AU.29

SEC May Let US Companies Abandon US Accounting Rules

Original Story Here.

It looks like the race to the bottom is on.

Avoiding US accounting laws and using international regulations will reduce compliance costs for large, international companies. Or so they say.

I liked this quote:

U.S. companies have led the effort to move to international rules because they think “it gives managers a lot more flexibility to do whatever they want in financial reports in terms of how they measure income and assets,” said Edward Ketz , an accounting professor at Pennsylvania State University. "Corporations are digging the grave” for U.S. standards.

US Dollar Propped by other banks

Original Story Here.

Finance officials from the U.S., Japan and Europe in mid-March drew up plans to strengthen the U.S. dollar following troubles at Bear Stearns Cos. , Nikkei English News reported, citing unnamed sources.

The intervention designed by the U.S. Treasury Department, Japan’s Finance Ministry and the European Central Bank called for the central banks to purchase dollars and sell euros and yen, with Japan providing the yen needed for the currency swap if the greenback’s value dropped significantly, the news service said.

The three groups, which considered making an emergency statement through the Group of Seven industrial nations, did not stipulate a specific exchange rate for the potential intervention, nor did they detail the amount of money to be used, Nikkei said.

In other words, they were expecting the value of the US dollar to tank.  And it still might.

If it does, what happens when the other banks run out of money?

If the banks print money for the US, then what we’ll have is a classic case of the US exporting its number 1 product:  inflation (or interflation, as I call it).

DOW Reaches 2-year low

OK … the election predictions are now coming in fast and furious so I’ll bury you with mine.  I’ve re-read my article and it feels like a bit of a rant, but hopefully the logic shines through.

With the Dow Jones Industrial Average nearing a two-year low, I suspect that it will continue to fall, probably to the 10,000 point level.

Here’s why:

First, Barack Obama will win the November election and will be the first man of colour to lead the White House.  I feel a little naive saying this, but I truly believe this will usher in a new era of genuine hope and change in the US.

However, the thing to watch for in the run-up to the election will be the economic sabotage that will occur prior to the election and during the final tally period.

As polls shift, showing Barack as the clear runaway leader, investors will take flight from the US.  It’s natural.  Once they are in power again, Democrats will bring in an era of fiscal responsibility and will bear the burden of the drunken stupidity that’s reigned over the US government for the last 8 years.  Part of this fiscal responsibility will be the imposition of new taxes or levies to keep the government in the black.

In 2009, there will also be cutbacks.  There will have to be.  Ironically, a Democratic government will do what Conservatives are famous for:  slashing government spending.

The dollar will fall because of a net outflow of capital and prices will likely rise.  I see a $150/barrel price for oil by the end of the year.

Assuming we get a serious review of spending, the market impact will be profound.  Because the US economy has become so reliant on government spending, the profitability of entire sectors like defense, oil and technology (those reliant on Disaster Capitalism) will take a hit and the bottom will fall out of the market.  By late 2008, I think the DJIA will be around the 10,000 point level and may even fall beyond that during the early months of January.

The most important part of this prediction is that a lot of the drop will be intentional.  I believe the smart money has already been leaving the market and is sitting on the sidelines.  The current upswing in the US dollar is most likely because of the increasing investment in short-term securities and maybe even a couple of banks.  This is what happens when people park their money, but want it to be in the local currency to dive in on opportunities when they materialize.

This also means that manipulation and speculation will increase as polls swing in Obama’s favour.  Put-to-call ratios will increase, as will the volatility of the whole market.  An economic ‘sword of Damacles’ will be hung over the heads of a frightened American population and they will run to the Republican polls because they will fear for their economic security.

We know this means people will ignore the fact that the Republicans have only bringing on IN security, but ABCNNBCBS will make up something juicy about how inexperienced Obama is.  Ooops.  They already are.

What’s really important is that We ALL need to anticipate this.  We have to know that the markets will get hammered in the coming months and we have to know how to assign blame to the right owners:  the Republicans (and Conservatives in Canada).

If we don’t, they will use fear to win the coming elections.

Cell Phone Dangers: Advice to Heed?

Original video posted here.

Cell phones are everywhere. Will brain tumours in young children be everywhere in the near future?

Please tell me: is this something we should be concerned about? What research exists? Are people doing research independently of the industry?