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

TORONTO, Jan. 20, 2009 –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.

SOURCE: Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

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