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Loblaw’s chief: Farmers’ markets will kill


Galen Weston, the cherubic executive chairman of Loblaw, Canada’s largest grocery chain, has earned the ire of Canadian foodies by suggesting some forms of fresh food may actually be fatal. From the Toronto Star:

“Farmers’ markets are great. . . ,” Weston said Tuesday during a speech to about 600 people at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, but added: “One day they’re going to kill some people though.”

Weston, who added that he was “just saying that to be dramatic,” was talking about the need for uniform food-inspection standards. That will, of course, mollify local-food advocates who are known above all for being reasonable and not at all prone to exaggeration or hysteria.

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