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FEDERATED WOMEN’S INSTITUTES OF ONTARIO                                      PRESS RELEASE                                ...
FEDERATED WOMEN’S INSTITUTES OF ONTARIOFor further information, contact Barb Klages at 519-881-1950
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Fwio advocacy press release feb.07 2011 abattoirs

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Fwio advocacy press release feb.07 2011 abattoirs

  1. 1. FEDERATED WOMEN’S INSTITUTES OF ONTARIO PRESS RELEASE February 07, 2011Guelph,Guelph, OntarioCarol Innes, President of the Federated Women’s Institute of Ontario (FWIO) and adelegation of members met today with the Honourable Carol Mitchell, Minister ofAgriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to discuss the FWIO’s concern over the continuedclosure of small abattoirs in Ontario. FWIO has about 500 branches across Ontario and ispart of a national and international network of rural women.“We are entering a danger zone where Ontario’s ability to support the growing demandfor locally produced and processed meat and poultry is at stake, ” Mrs. Innes stated. “It isironic that as consumer demand for safe, local, organic, culturally specific andenvironmentally sensitive meat and poultry is growing, we are losing our capacity tosupply that market” she added.“We asked the Minister for her cooperation in working with producers, small processorsand the local food community to help ensure that small abattoirs are both viable andresponsive to government regulation for safe food. Food safety is absolutely our overridingconcern. However, we believe that small abattoirs are over-regulated and do not posethe same challenges to public health and safety as large processing plants. We have agood regulatory system in Ontario and we support it. Let me be clear on that.”“The Minister was supportive and has promised to work with us and our network ofconcerned citizens and organizations as we move ahead on this issue. We are pleasedwith her response and look forward to helping ensure that Ontarians have the choice oflocally produced and processed meat and poultry” she concluded.“I was very pleased to meet with the FWIO today. We share an understanding of just howimportant local abattoirs and meat plants are for livestock and poultry producers, and forour rural communities,” said Carol Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.“We’ve made progress in recent years, and I look forward to continuing to work withFWIO and industry, while maintaining our shared commitment to food safety.”
  2. 2. FEDERATED WOMEN’S INSTITUTES OF ONTARIOFor further information, contact Barb Klages at 519-881-1950

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