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Lagimodiere Plant in Winnipeg, Manitoba Resumes Operations

TORONTO, Aug. 13, 2012, 2012 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) –TSX: MFI
www.mapleleaffoods.com

On Friday, August 10 at approximately
10:45 a.m., a fire was detected in the packaging area at the Maple Leaf
Foods facility on Lagimodiere Road, Winnipeg. Employees evacuated the
building immediately and there were no injuries. The fire was
contained within one hour. Fire officials believe that the fire
started on the roof when hot roofing materials ignited. Insurance
adjustors are determining damages, which were largely contained to the
electrical system; however preliminary estimates are significantly less
than those cited in media reports.

The Lagimodiere facility produces cooked hams, back bacon, fresh
sausages and value-added ham products. Some areas of the facility,
including ham boning operations, have resumed production on their
normal schedules. Other areas of the plant will require temporary
repairs and it is expected to take a minimum of a week to resume
production. The fire did not damage the expansion and work underway to
expand bacon processing at the facility will continue.

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is a leading food company, headquartered in
Toronto, Canada. The Company employs approximately 19,500 people at its
operations across Canada and in the United States, the United Kingdom,
and Asia. The Company had sales of $4.9 billion in 2011.

SOURCE: Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

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SOURCE: Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

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