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June 27, 2022 Issues & Insights

What We’re Reading | Meat warning label proposal slammed by Alberta beef producers

Ground meat is a nutritious food and saying it is high in saturated fat is misleading and harmful, groups say

By James Snell

Alberta cattle producers say they are feeling betrayed by the federal government after Health Canada recently announced a plan to add saturated fat warning labels to ground meat.

“Labelling ground beef — an affordable, nutritious and versatile protein, and a staple food for most Canadians — is misleading and does not make sense to us,” Alberta Beef Producers chair Melanie Wowk said at a news conference. 

“Alberta beef is an extremely sought-after protein and almost 50 per cent of the beef consumed in Canada is in ground beef form. Yet Health Canada intends to place a warning label on a product which is consumed by more than 90 per cent of Canadians and will minimize its nutritional benefits.” 

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‘What We’re Reading’ is a quick look at some of the issues and insights Alberta Beef Producers’ content creators and editors are reading to stay up-to-date, to broaden perspectives, and to explore issues relevant to the agriculture industry.

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