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Maple Leaf Potatoes Receives HACCP Recognition

Lethbridge Plant is a Canadian First

Lethbridge, Alberta – Maple Leaf Potatoes in
Lethbridge Alberta has become Canada’s first full-size french fry plant to
successfully develop and implement a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point
(HACCP) system. Administered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), the
HACCP program is Canada’s most complex food safety program and the only one
acknowledged internationally.

“The HACCP recognition exemplifies Maple Leaf’s
commitment to providing our customers with the very best quality product and
reinforcing our safe food supply,” says Steve Dowbiggin, Vice President and
General Manager, Maple Leaf Potatoes. “There is a tremendous sense of pride
among our crew here at Maple Leaf Potatoes. This success is truly a team effort
that everyone should be proud of.”

HACCP is a rigorous quality control program that
emphasizes prevention rather than detection. The program was implemented at the
Lethbridge plant in two stages. The first required the entire facility to
satisfy a number of requirements regarding maintenance, personnel, sanitation
and included mock recall exercises. The second stage focused on the process to
ensure that each step involved in producing french fries – from receiving
potatoes from the farmers, to shipping packaged french fries to grocery stores
– meets critical points to overcome potential food safety risks. Throughout the
two-month audit procedure, the CFIA conducted random testing with employees to
ensure compliance.

“We were already producing a world class product at the
Lethbridge plant,” says Dowbiggin. “Receiving this HACCP recognition lends even
greater confidence to our customers at home in Canada and around the globe.”
Maple Leaf Potatoes exports to Japan, Philippines, Malaysia, Hong-Kong, China,
Singapore, Venezuela, Southern and Central America and Saudi Arabia.

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is a leading, global food
processing company. Headquartered in Toronto, the Company employs more than
13,000 people at its operations across Canada, in the United States, Europe and
Asia. Maple Leaf Foods Inc. had sales of more than $3.9 billion in 2000.