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Dr. Chaviva M. Hosek Joins Maple Leaf Foods Board of Directors

Dynamic Canadian Leader Brings New Experience to Growing Company

TORONTO - Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is pleased to welcome Dr. Chaviva M. Hosek to the Company's board of directors. President and Chief Executive Officer for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR), Dr. Hosek joined the Board in February 2002 and will be nominated for election by the shareholders at the Annual Meeting on May 1, 2002.

"Dr. Hosek's understanding of management practices, policy issues, business and finance are a tremendous asset and we look forward to her contributions as a member of the Board," said G. Wallace F. McCain, Chairman, Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

"At Maple Leaf Foods, leadership is our central business commitment andwe see Dr. Hosek as an extraordinary example of great leadership," said Michael H. McCain, President and Chief Executive Officer, Maple Leaf Foods Inc. "The management team will certainly value her guidance and direction. She will clearly have a very positive impact on this Company."

"I am very pleased to accept this appointment and eager to contribute tothe future success of a Canadian company as dynamic and diverse as Maple Leaf Foods," said Dr. Hosek.

As President and CEO of CIAR, Dr. Hosek is responsible for overseeing theoperations of the Institute which enables top Canadian and international researchers to work together in vital fields of basic research. Prior to joining CIAR in 2001, she had a successful career in the public service, most recently as Senior Policy Advisor and Director of Policy and Research in the

Office of the Prime Minister of Canada. From 1987 to 1990 she was an Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament during which time she served as Minister of Housing. Earlier in her career, Dr. Hosek served on the Economic Council of Canada and was a participant in the Prime Minister's National Economic Conference. She is currently a Senior Fellow at Massey College. She spent the first part of her career as a Professor of English Literature at Victoria College, University of Toronto. Dr. Hosek holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University.

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSE:MFI) is a leading Canadian food processing company committed to delivering quality food products to consumers around the world. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, the company employs more than 14,000 people at its operations across Canada and in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Maple Leaf Foods reported sales of $4.7 billion in 2001

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