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Maple Leaf Foods to Close Prepared Meats Facility in British Columbia

Toronto, Ontario – February 1, 2011 Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX: MFI) today announced plans to close its prepared meats facility located in Surrey, British Columbia on September 30, 2011.

The Surrey facility produces a variety of prepared meat products, including ham, sliced meats, sausage and deli products, primarily for retail and foodservice customers in Western Canada. The Company will gradually wind‐down operations starting in May 2011 and will close the facility at the end of September. Production will be consolidated at Maple Leaf’s prepared meats facilities in Saskatoon, Manitoba and Ontario where there is available capacity, after completing some modest upgrades.