Meat meeting Friday

  • Apr. 2, 2008 10:00 a.m.

Provincial meat regulations, which locals say spell the end of the family farm, will be discussed at a meeting in Tlell on Friday. Bill Mackay of the Tlell Farmers’ Institute says the meeting is important because it is the first official presentation of the Food Safety Act Meat Inspection Regulations. These regulations came into effect in last September and say slaughtering must take place in an inspected facility, of which the closest is hundreds of miles away. He says 45,000 pounds of protein are processed by local farms and sold to islanders. This regulation effectively shuts down this protein production on the islands. He encourages all farmers and other interested parties to attend. Presenters include Iqbal Kalsi, manager for Public Health Protection with Northern Health, and staff of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The meeting starts at 6 pm on Friday April 4 in the Tlell Fire Hall and refreshments will be provided.

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