- June 12, 2008 1:46 PM |
- By Tara Kimura
by Tara Kimura, CBCnews.ca
From tainted tomatoes to generous P.E.I. potato farmers, food figured prominently in the news this week. Here's a roundup of the top stories.
1. Canadian restaurants and retailers clear tomatoes from shelves as U.S. investigators search for the source of salmonella that has sickened 167 people. Meanwhile, growers in Mexico defend their produce as sales drop sharply.
2. Canadian consumers still love their beer but a growing number of consumers are favouring wine, according to
Statistics Canada figures. In 2007, beer accounted for 47 per cent of alcohol sales, down from 52 per cent in 1997. Wine sales comprised 28 per cent of the market, up from 21 per cent in 1997.
Canadian tomatoes were on sale at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved tomatoes from a list of locations, including Canada, that it believes safe from the salmonella outbreak. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press).
3. Another Statistics Canada study found consumers haven't had to fork over too much more for food over the past year, with prices increasing modestly by 1.2 per cent. The report also suggested Canadian farmers stood to profit from the global grains shortage and had beefed up their crops this season.
4. Despite a soggy spring, farmers in Prince Edward Island dug deep and sent an emergency shipment of 27,000 kg of potatoes to Nova Scotia food banks.
5. Thousands of South Koreans flooded the streets on Tuesday to protest the government's decision to lift a ban on U.S. beef. Protestors voiced concerns over the safety of U.S. beef, citing concerns over mad cow disease.
6. And, finally on a light-hearted note, U.S. President George Bush discussed his affinity for German asparagus after meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The president told reporters after feasting schnitzel and asparagus, Bush told reporters: "For those in the German press who thought I didn't like asparagus: You're wrong," he said. "The German asparagus are fabulous."
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