The start of the new year typically brings with it a new set of food stories, however, this week two stories that garnered some of the most attention derived from issues that have been present in Canada for some time.
The global African Swine Fever epidemic is currently set to claim a quarter of the world’s swine population, and as a result, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is accelerating its efforts to prevent the illegal importation of potentially dangerous pork products. One such effort ocurred last week, when border guards at an unnamed Canadian port thwarted an attempt to smuggle Chinese pork products into the country, which could have led to calamitous results.
Canada’s agriculture sector is continuing to face issues of labour shortages, and a new report from the Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council suggests the sector’s labour gap–which cost the industry $2.9 billion in lost sales last year–will double in the next 10 years. The agriculture sector is currently struggling to attract new workers, thanks in large part to varying seasonal fluctuations and extremely long work weeks.
Here are five stories you might have missed in food news this week.