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Rothsay Dundas Facility Receives HACCP Certification

DUNDAS, Ontario – Rothsay announced today that its rendering
facility in Dundas, Ontario received Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point
(HACCP) certification on January 9, 2002. Rothsay is the first independent
renderer in North America to achieve this standard.

HACCP is a comprehensive assurance program designed to manage and
minimize risks during all stages of food production. The HACCP system in place
at Rothsay’s Dundas facility involves a series of control procedures at
critical points during the rendering process.

“This HACCP certification is a significant achievement for Rothsay, ”
said Leo Collins, plant manager, Rothsay. “HACCP now formally recognizes that
Rothsay’s procedures meet the highest standards of quality assurance.”

The Dundas facility is the first Rothsay plant to achieve the HACCP
certification. The remaining three production facilities are expected to
receive the certification by the end of 2002.

As a recycler of food waste products, Rothsay provides an essential
environmental service to the agriculture and food industries by recycling
products, which are used in the production of numerous materials. Rothsay is an
independent operating company of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSE: MFI) a leading
global food processing company. Maple Leaf Foods employs more than 13,000
people at its operations across Canada and in the United States, Europe and
Asia and reported sales of $3.9 billion in 2000.