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Maple Leaf Foods Statement on the Appointment of Independent Investigator into Listeriosis Outbreak

    www.mapleleaf.comTORONTO, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - Maple Leaf Foods has issued the following
statement in response to the appointment of Sheila Weatherill as an
Independent investigator into the August 2008 listeriosis outbreak:
    "We are pleased that the federal government's arms-length investigation
is moving ahead and look forward to both cooperating fully with this
investigation and sharing our key learnings from this past fall," stated
Michael H. McCain, President and CEO of Maple Leaf Foods. "We are confident
that the joint efforts by government and industry, and the consistent
application of high standards, will further enhance the Canadian food safety
system and the integrity of our food."

    Maple Leaf Foods Inc. 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 2007.

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