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Alberta to Fund Pork for Food Banks

by 5m Editor
1 May 2008, at 8:09am

CANADA - Around $300,000 will be provided by Alberta's Provioncial government to process ground pork from animals slaughtered through the federal cull breeding swine program. The meat will go to the province's charity food banks.

The provincial funding, announced yesterday, will help pay to process cull sows from the program in cuts that can be used for further processing. The meat is destined for the Alberta Food Bank Network Association - which will also help fund the project, says a report in Alberta's Farmer Express..

"This announcement is welcome news, as there is now the opportunity to have the pork products from culled animals be donated to Albertans in need, allowing some good to come out of the devastating crisis occurring in the hog industry," Alberta Pork policy and communications director Jodi Hesse said in the province's press release.

Alberta Pork will oversee the donation program, working with Sunterra Meats, Lucerne Foods and the Western Hog Exchange to process and transport the meat, the province said.

View the Alberta Farmer Express story by clicking here.

5m Editor