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Health Canada responds to baby formula shortage, PEI's alternative crops for cash program, and more

The week will soon be coming to a close and if you’re looking to catch up on the latest in Canadian food news, you’ve come to the right place. 

From a Health Canada update on the North American baby formula shortage to a P.E.I. potato proposition that could potentially help Island farmers find a new source of income, here are five food stories you might have missed this week.

After last week’s baby formula shortage continued into this week, Health Canada confirmed that it has begun working with manufacturers to expedite product importation wherever possible. Until the crisis comes under control, Health Canada is advising against using homemade formulas or substitutes such as cow’s milk, goat’s milk, and evaporated milk. 

Health Canada has also said that parents should avoid buying in bulk and should not buy products from unknown sources.
Following a recent announcement from P.E.I.’s agriculture minister that there will be no exports of Island seed potatoes until at least next year, the province recently proposed that farmers who are unable to export their potatoes convert to alternative crops until next season.

Those who are able to qualify will receive $1,000 per acre, which the province hopes will help keep farmers afloat while also sustaining the farms for future harvests.

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