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Four Shur-Gain and Landmark Facilities become HACCP Certified

Certification demonstrates commitment to
quality assurance and food safety


MISSISSAUGA, Ontario –
Shur-Gain and Landmark Feeds announced
today that four of their Canadian facilities have recently received Hazard
Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) certification.

The recently certified facilities are:

  • Shur-Gain St. Mary’s, Ont., swine and
    poultry complete feed mill
  • Shur-Gain Summerside, PEI, a multi-species
    animal feed mill
  • Landmark Feeds Strathmore, Alb., swine and
    poultry complete feed mill
  • Landmark Nutrition Landmark, Alb., a premix
    facility that manufactures medication free, vitamin and trace mineral micro
    premixes for livestock

HACCP is a comprehensive food safety
assurance program designed to manage and minimize risks during all stages of
food production. With respect to Shur-Gain and Landmark Feeds, the HACCP system
involves a series of control procedures at various points of the feed
manufacturing process. HACCP certification for feed manufacturers is part of a
broader initiative being undertaken by the Canadian livestock and poultry
industry.

“This is a major achievement for Shur-Gain
and Landmark, and an important accomplishment for the Canadian feed industry,”
says J. Scott McCain, President and Chief Operating Officer, Maple Leaf Foods
Agribusiness Group. “Receiving this certification serves as formal confirmation
that our long-established practices meet the world’s highest standards in
quality assurance and food safety.”

Seven additional facilities are scheduled to
receive certification by the end of 2001. Shur-Gain is Canada’s leading feed
company with 16 feed mills in Eastern Canada and the U.S.A. and a strong dealer
franchise system serving livestock and poultry producers. Sister company
Landmark Feeds Inc. is a leading manufacturer and provider of feed and feeding
products for all species of livestock, and operates eight facilities in Western
Canada. For more than 60 years, Shur-Gain has supported its feed products
through active research and development in the areas of nutrition, health and
feed quality.

Shur-Gain and Landmark Feeds are independent
operating companies of Maple Leaf Foods Inc., a leading global food processing
company. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, the company employs more than 13,000
people at its operations across Canada and in the United States, Europe and
Asia. Maple Leaf Foods reported sales of $3.9 billion in 2000.