U.S. stops canola meal from 2nd ADM Canada plant

Mon Apr 5, 2010 11:34am EDT
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By Rod Nickel

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has stopped canola meal from ADM Agri-Industries' crushing plant in Lloydminster, Alberta, after it detected salmonella bacteria, adding to a problem that has sharply cut canola meal exports to Canada's top market.

The Lloydminster plant is the second ADM plant in Canada to be placed on the FDA's import alert list, which allows inspectors to detain shipments without physically examining them, according to the FDA's website. ADM's plant in Windsor, Ontario, was placed on import alert for salmonella in canola meal on December 18.

The FDA now has six major Canadian crushing plants on its import alert list.

ADM spokesman Roman Blahoski said the company would comment later in the day.

Salmonella can cause food-borne illness in humans. However, canola meal is shipped to the United States for use in livestock feed, especially in the California dairy industry.

Canada is the world's top exporter of canola, which is crushed mainly for its oil.

Canada exported roughly 812,000 tons of canola meal from August through September, the first six months of the 2009/10 crop year, down 16 percent from the year-earlier period.

Shipments to the United States are down 41 percent to nearly 549,000 tonnes, but volumes have more than quadrupled to Mexico (117,000 tonnes) and spiked to 140,000 tonnes to Asia from 2,000 during the first half of the crop year, according to Statistics Canada.   Continued...