Premier Brad Wall is disappointed with a decision by Earl’s Restaurant chain to drop prairie beef in favor of U.S. meat.
Earl’s says it will be only use beef with the U.S. Certified Humane designation, meaning beef grown without hormones and slaughtered humanely.
Wall wants consumers in Saskatchewan and across Canada to support locally grown food.
He says Canadian cattle are raised humanely.
Wall says Canadian beef cattle practices are the best in the world in terms of food safety.
He wants Canadians to send a message to Earl’s and other restaurant chains that are confusing science and marketing gimmicks.
He says they are presenting a scientific conclusion, but it’s really about marketing.
He says Saskatchewan ranchers have a beef code to raise their cattle.
So he thinks it’s time for some restaurants chains to set-aside their marketing that’s not based on fact and place a priority on Canadian beef and Canadian agriculture.
Wall says the beef code in Canada is the best in the world.
He says Canada’s food safety standards, and the humane treatment of animals is second to none in the world.
He also says there are no antibiotics in the food we eat.
“When animals are treated with antibiotics, and they are for their health, they’re automatically removed and kept away from the food chain.”
Wall says some myths need de-bunking, pointing to concerns about genetically modified organisms.
The Premier says Saskatchewan is a world leader in canola.
Almost all of the canola in Saskatchewan is genetically modified, which is scientifically improved to excel in certain growing conditions.
With a growing world population, he says farmers need to feed the world and some myths need debunking.