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FEDERATED WOMEN’S INSTITUTES OF ONTARIO




                                      PRESS RELEASE
                                     February 07, 2011

Guelph,
Guelph, Ontario

Carol Innes, President of the Federated Women’s Institute of Ontario (FWIO) and a
delegation of members met today with the Honourable Carol Mitchell, Minister of
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to discuss the FWIO’s concern over the continued
closure of small abattoirs in Ontario. FWIO has about 500 branches across Ontario and is
part of a national and international network of rural women.

“We are entering a danger zone where Ontario’s ability to support the growing demand
for locally produced and processed meat and poultry is at stake, ” Mrs. Innes stated. “It is
ironic that as consumer demand for safe, local, organic, culturally specific and
environmentally sensitive meat and poultry is growing, we are losing our capacity to
supply that market” she added.

“We asked the Minister for her cooperation in working with producers, small processors
and the local food community to help ensure that small abattoirs are both viable and
responsive to government regulation for safe food. Food safety is absolutely our overriding
concern. However, we believe that small abattoirs are over-regulated and do not pose
the same challenges to public health and safety as large processing plants. We have a
good 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 of
concerned citizens and organizations as we move ahead on this issue. We are pleased
with her response and look forward to helping ensure that Ontarians have the choice of
locally produced and processed meat and poultry” she concluded.

“I was very pleased to meet with the FWIO today. We share an understanding of just how
important local abattoirs and meat plants are for livestock and poultry producers, and for
our 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 with
FWIO and industry, while maintaining our shared commitment to food safety.”
FEDERATED WOMEN’S INSTITUTES OF ONTARIO


For further information, contact Barb Klages at 519-881-1950

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Fwio advocacy press release feb.07 2011 abattoirs

  • 1. FEDERATED WOMEN’S INSTITUTES OF ONTARIO PRESS RELEASE February 07, 2011 Guelph, Guelph, Ontario Carol Innes, President of the Federated Women’s Institute of Ontario (FWIO) and a delegation of members met today with the Honourable Carol Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to discuss the FWIO’s concern over the continued closure of small abattoirs in Ontario. FWIO has about 500 branches across Ontario and is part of a national and international network of rural women. “We are entering a danger zone where Ontario’s ability to support the growing demand for locally produced and processed meat and poultry is at stake, ” Mrs. Innes stated. “It is ironic that as consumer demand for safe, local, organic, culturally specific and environmentally sensitive meat and poultry is growing, we are losing our capacity to supply that market” she added. “We asked the Minister for her cooperation in working with producers, small processors and the local food community to help ensure that small abattoirs are both viable and responsive to government regulation for safe food. Food safety is absolutely our overriding concern. However, we believe that small abattoirs are over-regulated and do not pose the same challenges to public health and safety as large processing plants. We have a good 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 of concerned citizens and organizations as we move ahead on this issue. We are pleased with her response and look forward to helping ensure that Ontarians have the choice of locally produced and processed meat and poultry” she concluded. “I was very pleased to meet with the FWIO today. We share an understanding of just how important local abattoirs and meat plants are for livestock and poultry producers, and for our 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 with FWIO and industry, while maintaining our shared commitment to food safety.”
  • 2. FEDERATED WOMEN’S INSTITUTES OF ONTARIO For further information, contact Barb Klages at 519-881-1950