February 15, 1979 (30th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

Eugene Whelan (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Hon. E. F. Whelan (Minister of Agriculture):

Yes, Mr. Speaker, we are very much aware of this. Over a period of time our inspectors have run incubation tests on feed, etc., in our laboratories in Calgary. They have confirmed the fact, in the laboratories in the province of Quebec where they have also run some of these tests, that this salmonella problem has come from the feed supplied to these people in Quebec by one of the large feed companies. Both laboratories came to the same conclusion.
There is no danger to anyone drinking the milk, as long as it is pasteurized. Anyone who consumes milk in its raw state would be taking the risk of getting salmonellosis. It is a very serious thing, and it affects approximately 10,000 to 15,000 head of cattle in that part of the province of Quebec. This is something that should not have happened, but it is something that has happened. We are very concerned that this should ever happen in the feed industry to the extent it has here, and particularly to such a developed company which is known worldwide for its efficiency.
I do not know what more we can do at this time, Mr. Speaker. We are putting new feed supplies into that area, and they are trying to decontaminate-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE
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