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Stocks of Frozen and Chilled Meats

April 2006

Note to data users

Due to a change in operational requirements, Statistics Canada will move from collecting and releasing the Stocks of Frozen and Chilled Meat monthly, to quarterly, starting on April 1st 2006. If you require more information please contact Barbara McLaughlin at 902 893-7251 or at


Total frozen and chilled red meat in cold storage at the opening of the first business day of April 2006 amounted to 95 040 metric tonnes, down 2% from 96 773 tonnes in January 2006 and up 3% from 92 706 tonnes in April 2005.  Stocks of frozen poultry meat in cold storage on April 1st 2006 totalled 64 204 metric tonnes, up 22% from a year ago. The graph below depicts the monthly stocks of all frozen and chilled red meat from January 1990 to April 2006.

Figure - Monthly stocks of frozen and chilled meats, Canada. Opens a new window. Monthly stocks of frozen and chilled meats, Canada


This bulletin presents data on stocks of frozen and chilled meats at the wholesale level obtained from a quarterly census of known cold storage establishments registered with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Included are such facilities as meat packers, wholesale butchers, abattoirs, and central warehouses of large retail grocery stores. Data not received in time for publication for the current period are estimated through imputation until such time as actual data are available. Therefore, current quarterly data are preliminary and subject to revision.

For more details on concepts and methodology, please contact Client Services, Agriculture Division, Statistics Canada, at 1-800-465-1991 or by email:

This product, catalogue no. 23-009-XIE is available for free in electronic format.  To obtain a single issue, visit our website at / and select Our Products and Services.

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Published by authority of the Minister responsible for Statistics Canada.

©  Minister of Industry, 2006.

Use of this publication is governed by the Statistics Canada Open Licence Agreement.

Cette publication est disponible en français (Numéro 23-009-XIF au catalogue).

Catalogue no. 23-009-XIE

Frequency:  Monthly

ISSN:  1206-5420


How to obtain more information

Inquiries about this product and related statistics or services should be directed to Client Services, Agriculture Division, Statistics Canada at 1-800-465-1991 or by email:

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This publication was prepared under the direction of:

Mark Elward
Chief of Livestock Section, Ottawa

Barbara McLaughlin
Truro, Nova Scotia

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