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Meat-atarian, Part 2

In part one, I talked about the fresh meat counter.

In part 2, I’d like to show you a neat trick with packaged meat products.

I’ve posted before about store brand products, and how I like to give them a try. One thing I do with the meat products is check who actually makes them. You can do this with any product that’s made in a Federally inspected meat production facility – they’re obligated to put the inspection seal in the package, as well as the number assigned to the inspected facility. For example, here’s a package of Country Naturals ham I bought earlier today:

Inspection Seal

That’s the inspection seal. Often times, the establishment number is part of the seal as well. In this case, it’s not, but a quick look at the package shows that they’ve printed it on the package with the expiry date:

Expiry date / establishment number

There it is – the establishment number is 97B. They don’t always have letters in them, but if they do be sure to note the letter as well. Next, we go visit the CFIA website here: http://active.inspection.gc.ca/scripts/meavia/reglist/reglist.asp

There’s a lot of places on this page to enter information, but you only have to worry about the very first one: under the “Establishment” section, the field that says “Registration Number”. Enter the number from the package here and scroll to the bottom and hit the “Submit” button. Here’s what we get back:

Registration Number Name of the Operator Address(s) Function Codes Telephone Number(s)
097B
MAPLE LEAF FOODS INC./LES ALIMENTS MAPLE LEAF INC.
Also Doing Business As Name :
MAPLE LEAF FOODS/LES ALIMENTS MAPLE LEAF :MAPLE LEAF CONSUMER FOODS/LES ALIMENTS DE CONSOMMATION MAPLE LEAF : MAPLE LEAF FOOD SERVICE/SERVICE ALIMENTAIRE MAPLE LEAF : MAPLE LEAF PORK/PORC MAPLE LEAF : MAPLE LEAF POULTRY/VOLAILLE MAPLE LEAF : SCHNEIDER FOODS/LES ALIMENTS SCHNEIDER : J.M. SCHNEIDER : MITCHELL’S GOURMET FOODS : HUB MEAT PACKERS : LARSEN PACKERS : COLD SPRING FARMS : MAPLE LEAF POTATOES : HUB MEAT/LES VIANDES HUB : CAPPOLA FOOD : THAMES VALLEY PROCESSORS

—————

Location Address: :
150 BARTOR ROAD, TORONTO, ON, M9M 1H1
Mailing Address: :
30 ST. CLAIR AVENUE WEST, SUITE 1500, TORONTO, ON, M4V 3A2
3x,

6fx, 9B,
11DN,
(416) 748-4130 (416) 741-2073/F (416) 748-4171/I
This search found 1 establishment(s).

 

We can see where this meat product was made and exactly who made it. This can be particularly useful when you’re curious about store brand products, or products you suspect aren’t made by the brand name that’s on the package. Like the M&M Meat Shops Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts that are in my freezer:

 

Registration Number Name of the Operator Address(s) Function Codes Telephone Number(s)
439
MAPLE LEAF FOODS INC./LES ALIMENTS MAPLE LEAF INC.
Also Doing Business As Name :
MAPLE LEAF FOODS/LES ALIMENTS MAPLE LEAF : MAPLE LEAF CONSUMER FOODS/LES ALIMENTS DE CONSOMMATION MAPLE LEAF : MAPLE LEAF FOOD SERVICE/SERVICE ALIMENTAIRE MAPLE LEAF : MAPLE LEAF PORK/PORC MAPLE LEAF : MAPLE LEAF POULTRY/VOLAILLE MAPLE LEAF : SCHNEIDER FOODS/LES ALIMENTS SCHNEIDER : J.M. SCHNEIDER : MITCHELL’S GOURMET FOODS : HUB MEAT PACKERS : LARSEN PACKERS : COLD SPRING FARMS : MAPLE LEAF POTATOES : HUB MEATS/LES VIANDES HUB : CAPPOLA FOOD : THAMES VALLEY PROCESSORS

—————

Location Address: :
LOTS 18 & 19, CON. 14, BLANCHARD TOWNSHIP, PERTH COUNTY, ON1865 ROAD 139, RR6, ST. MARY’S, ON, N4X 1C9
Mailing Address: :
30 ST. CLAIR AVENUE WEST, SUITE 1500, TORONTO, ON, M4V 3A2
1fi, 3f,

6f,
11ADGV,
(519) 229-8900 (519) 229-6444/I (519) 229-8953/F
This search found 1 establishment(s).

 

Hmmm… same company, different number. When the same company owns several different plants, each one has a separate establishment number. This can help track things down or give you peace of mind when there’s a meat recall. Also gives you an idea that Maple Leaf foods seems to own the world when it comes to boxed meats! To be fair, Maple Leaf inherited this product when they bought Schneider’s, who was making almost half of the M&M products when I had a franchise there, but that’s a different story.

Now, how many of you have the urge to run to the fridge and find out who makes the stuff you’ve already bought? 🙂

Happy Meat Eating!

 

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September 23, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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