U.S. stops 19 Canada canola meal loads from Cargill

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Nov 16 (Reuters) - The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused 19 shipments of Canadian canola meal from Cargill [CARG.UL] in October after finding they contained the harmful bacteria salmonella.

The shipments all come from Cargill's Clavet, Saskatchewan canola-crushing plant, according to reports posted on the FDA's website. It was already under shipping restrictions from the FDA for earlier canola meal shipments with salmonella, along with two plants owned by Bunge BG.N and one by Viterra VT.TO.

Salmonella is a bacteria that caused widespread food-born illness in the United States this year. But canola meal is used as livestock feed for cattle and the Canadian canola industry has suggested it should not be treated as strictly as food products.

The restrictions against Canadian canola plants have resulted in a sharp drop in overall canola crushing volumes in Canada, which is the world’s largest exporter of canola seed.

Reporting by Rod Nickel