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Statement Regarding Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s call for Investigation into Listeria Outbreak

Toronto. September 4, 2008 – Maple Leaf Foods has issued the following statement in response to calls for an investigation into Canada’s food safety standards:

Canada has a strong track record and rating around the world in food safety. A recent study from the University of Regina ranks the Canadian food safety systems fifth out of 17 OECD countries, as one of the most thorough and effective systems in the world.

Maple Leaf welcomes the opportunity to cooperate fully in an independent investigation, particularly if the learning will identify actions that could be undertaken by government and industry to further improve and strengthen the Canadian food safety system.

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is a leading food processing company, headquartered in Toronto, Canada. The Company employs approximately 23,000 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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