meal with salmonella traced to Bunge
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Jun 12, 2009 4:00pm EDT
* Two Bunge Canada plants stop
canola meal production
U.S. FDA stepping up checks for salmonella
Oilseeds group concerned other commodities also affected
Impact limited on lower canola futures - traders
Salmonella unlikely to enter milk supply
FDA response, health and market impacts)
Manitoba, June 12 (Reuters) - Two rail car shipments of canola meal from
Bunge's Canadian crushing plants tested positive for salmonella after
inspection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at the border in May,
Bunge Ltd (BG.N) said on Friday.
shipment that tested positive in early May traces back to the Bunge plant
in Hamilton, Ontario, said Bunge spokeswoman Deb Seidel. The second
shipment tested positive in late May and came from Bunge's plant in Nipawin
in the western province of Saskatchewan.
company immediately shut down the canola lines at each plant, with each now
undergoing scheduled cleaning, Seidel said. The company hopes to resume
shipping to the United States once it meets all FDA protocols for
salmonella, she said.
in the process of cleaning those facilities, making sure everything is OK
and working in co-ordination with the FDA and the CFIA (Canadian Food
Inspection Agency)," Seidel said.
based in White Plains, New York, saw its stock fall 32 cents, or 0.48
percent, to $66.35 in afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
who eat food contaminated with salmonella can become ill with
salmonellosis, a food-borne illness with flu-like symptoms, according to
the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
FDA detained the canola meal shipments after finding them contaminated as
part of routine inspections, said FDA spokeswoman Rita Chappelle. The
shipments remain under review, she said.
couldn't say how much canola meal the two plants normally ship to the
unclear if other companies have had agriculture shipments test positive.
The Canadian Oilseed Processors Association (COPA) said on Friday that it's
heard multiple shipments of canola meal, along with other unspecified
agricultural commodities, have been delayed because of the FDA's
implementation of new protocols for salmonella.
looking more like a broader obstacle for everybody that's involved in
shipping commodities into the U.S.," said Bob Broeska, president of
is an environmental pathogen that's "detectable everywhere,"
Broeska said, adding it's not unusual to find it in canola or other
just ubiquitous," Broeska said. "The question is how do you
contain it, minimize the concentrations, control it?"
NEWS PRESSURES CANOLA FUTURES
July canola futures RSN9 on the ICE Winnipeg exchange dropped C$3 to C$473
per tonne in trading on Friday, but pressure from news of the salmonella
contamination was overshadowed by lower U.S. soybean futures <0#S:>,
which usually set the direction for canola, traders said.
one more bearish influence in a bearish day," one trader said of the
from canola, a Canadian variant of rapeseed, is widely used as cattle feed.
Some U.S. dairy farmers, already hard-hit by rising feed costs, buy canola
meal as a cheaper protein alternative to soymeal.
salmonella contamination in the milk supply consumed by humans is unlikely,
said Ellen Jordan, a dairy specialist at Texas AgriLife Extension Service.
of the body system of the cow, (salmonella) shouldn't end up in the
milk," she said. "But if salmonella did go into the milk,
pasteurization will destroy it."
seed is crushed into meal and also oil, for use in vegetable oil and
= $1.1225 Canadian)
reporting by Karl Plume and Jasmin Melvin; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)