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2008/11/05

Dr. Randall Huffman Appointed to Chief Food Safety Officer

TORONTO, Nov 05, 2008 Maple Leaf Foods (MFI: TSX) today announced the appointment of Dr. Randall Huffman to the position of Chief Food Safety Officer for Maple Leaf Foods. Dr Huffman will assume this position effective January 5, 2009, reporting to Michael H. McCain, President and CEO.

He joins Maple Leaf Foods from his current role as President of the American Meat Institute (AMI) Foundation. AMI is the oldest and largest trade association in the U.S., representing over 600 meat processing firms and industry suppliers globally. As President of the AMI Foundation, he led the Food Safety Initiative, which in the past eight years has funded over 60 food safety research projects. He also worked with federal agencies to increase support of food safety research; represented AMI on numerous issues related to food safety; and managed a range of research related to nutrition, diet and health issues. Dr. Huffman also served as a primary technical and scientific resource to the industry on food safety and quality. Prior to joining AMI, he held a number of senior roles related to food safety, quality assurance and product development in the food industry.

"Dr. Huffman brings vast scientific and industry knowledge and experience to Maple Leaf in global food safety best practices," said Michael McCain, President and CEO. "He will drive continuous improvement in our protocols, assets, and human resource strategies that will reflect the latest research and highest standards globally."

As Chief Food Safety Officer, Dr. Huffman will have overall responsibility for leading Maple Leaf's food safety and quality programs across the Company. This will involve identifying and assessing global best operating practices, technologies, ingredients and resources that support Maple Leaf's leadership in food safety and quality assurance. He will also support the establishment of a Food Safety Advisory Council, a team of experts who will increase the Company's access to global knowledge and expertise in areas of food safety, microbiology and public education.

Dr Huffman holds a Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Meat and Animal Science from the University of Florida and a B.S. degree in Animal Science from Auburn University. He sits on the Cornell University Institute of Food Science Advisory Council; the Food Safety Research and Response Network Advisory Board; the Kansas State University Animal Industries Advisory Council and has participated on key U.S. Department of Agriculture food safety research advisory panels.

Maple Leaf Foods is a leading food processing company, headquartered in Toronto, Canada. The Company employs approximately 23,500 people at its operations across Canada and in the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia. The Company had sales of $5.2 billion in 2007.

SOURCE: Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

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