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Questions About Maple Leaf Meats?

At Maple Leaf Foods, we’re dedicated to great taste and premium quality. If you have questions about our meat products, find your answers here.


  • Do you have a gluten free or nut free list?

    No. At Maple Leaf Foods we produce our products in multiple facilities. We also are always changing and improving our products. We take allergens very seriously. We recommend you look at the label every time.

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  • Are mono and diglycerides derived from plant or animal sources?

    Mono and diglycerides are emulsion stabilizers (salad dressing, for example, is an emulsion of water in oil). Therefore, mono and diglycerides are not derived from any animal source; neither are our breads—they are entirely made from plant ingredients.

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  • I have an allergy. How can I determine if your product is safe for me to eat?

    At Maple Leaf Foods we produce our products in multiple facilities. We also are always changing and improving our products. We take allergens very seriously. We recommend you look at the label every time.

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  • Do you make a gluten-free bread?

    We do not make gluten-free bread. Gluten is a protein derived from wheat and occurs naturally in flour.

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  • Is there a link between sodium lactylate and dairy products?

    Sodium lactylate is an emulsifier used to homogenize the dough. It does not contain milk.

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  • What does free range mean?

    Free-range refers to another manner of keeping livestock and domestic poultry. The animals and poultry are permitted to graze or forage outdoors. The term has not been legally defined in either Canada or the U.S.

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  • What is the difference between a fresh and a frozen turkey?

    There is no quality difference between a fresh or frozen turkey. Frozen turkeys are flash frozen immediately after packaging to 0 °F or below and held at that temperature until purchased. Once defrosted, the meat is practically as fresh as the day it was processed. Fresh turkeys are deep-chilled after packaging and have shorter shelf lives. Because they are perishable and require special handling and merchandising, fresh turkeys are slightly more expensive than frozen turkeys. Choose the product that best meets your needs without sacrificing quality. By purchasing a frozen turkey, you can get the turkey in advance and take advantage of special sales and coupons. Fresh turkeys provide convenience because they do not require thawing.

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  • Does 100% Whole Wheat mean 100% Whole Grain?

    100% Whole Wheat and 100% Whole Grain do not necessarily mean the same thing. The main difference is the presence of the wheat germ. Due to milling processes, 100% Whole Wheat products may not include the germ, whereas 100% Whole Grain products always include the germ. If you are unsure as to whether or not the product is Whole Grain, check the ingredient list to see if wheat germ is included.

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  • Where do you source your pork from for your bacon?

    Canada

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  • Are your breads kosher/parve?

    Our products that have the PARVE kosher symbol are kosher. Many of our bagels are kosher.

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  • Is it true that white bread is not nutritious?

    It’s false to believe that white bread contains no nutrients. White bread is nutritious. It contains as much starch as brown bread and starch is a source of complex carbohydrates, which provide energy for the body. White bread is not only nutritious, but it contains the same amount of protein and fat as brown bread. It includes even more nutrients than brown bread because enriched flour tops the list of ingredients. In fact, fibre is the main difference between white and brown bread. White bread is lower in fibre.

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  • What kind of bread is Smart™? White or Grain?

    There are two Smart™ breads in the market: one is made with 100% whole grain flour (including the germ), the other is a blend of 30% whole grain flour, and 70% enriched-wheat flour. What is unique with our Smart™ whole grain flour is that it is a WHITE wheat, which gives the breads a light colour that children prefer.

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  • Where in the store can I find Olivieri® pasta?

    Olivieri® products are found In the refrigerated fresh section.

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  • Is your Maple Leaf® Turkey grain fed?

    Although part of the Prime Line, it is not necessarily “vegetable grain fed”.

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  • Can we trust the allergen information on your labels?

    We are very careful about listing known allergens. Although, we recommend that you check the list of ingredients on our labels every time you buy, just in case there’s been a change. If you require further detail, please contact our Consumer Affairs hotline at 1-800-268-3708.

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  • Where can I find the hotdog buns with the slit in the Top Middle?

    Our products are available for sale to all major banners. Each individual store and their head office make the decision as to whether or not a particular item is made available to consumers.

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  • Why is pork often called a white meat?

    Pork is often compared to “white meat” because of its excellent nutritional value and because all pork turns white after cooking. However, in its raw form, pork actually ranges from pale to dark, almost reddish pink.

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  • Why is it important to eat whole grains?

    Before they are milled or refined, all grains are whole. Some grains are refined to remove the bran and germ portions, leaving only the endosperm and removing an assortment of health benefits. Many health benefits from eating whole grains come from the whole package, not just individual parts. The fibre, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals found in whole grains work together to provide us with energy and good nutrition.

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  • What is the difference between Whole Grain and Grain Bread?

    Before they are milled or refined, all grains are whole. Some grains are refined to remove the bran and germ portions, leaving only the endosperm and removing an assortment of health benefits. Canadian consumers can be assured of whole-grain products by a label stating 100% whole grain whole wheat.

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  • How many slices are in one package of Maple Leaf® Ready Crisp® Bacon?

    14 slices

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  • What are whole grains?

    Whole grains include all three parts of a grain kernel: the bran, endosperm and germ. The bran is the outer layer of the grain kernel and includes high amounts of various nutrients, including fibre, minerals and protein. The middle layer of the grain, the endosperm, stores energy for the plant and contains carbohydrates and protein. The germ is the smallest part of the grain but it is packed with nutrients including minerals, a variety of vitamins and phytochemicals. Interestingly, some whole grains, such as buckwheat and quinoa, are actually seeds, not grains. Although they are seeds, they provide the same type of health benefits as grains.

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