Co-op investigating unscented propane to ensure safety

SASKATOON, Oct. 29, 2015 /CNW/ - Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) has been notified that one of its propane suppliers may not have added the mandatory safety odour to propane that was distributed through Co-op sites.

Propane without the odour additive still fuels vehicles and powers appliances, but it does not have the important safety feature that alerts people to a potential leak.

"Customers' safety is absolutely our priority in this situation," said Cal Fichter, Vice-President Energy, FCL. "Now that we're aware of this situation, we're working with our supplier, safety regulators and local Co-ops across Western Canada to ensure that we take the right steps to keep our customers safe."

FCL's first step is to determine the scope of how much non-odourized propane was distributed and where it was delivered. Once this scope is determined, FCL will provide an update for Co-op customers on the next steps that will be taken.

Co-op customers can find updates on this situation and Co-op's response on

About Federated Co-operatives Limited
Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), based in Saskatoon, is the 43rd largest company in Canada and the largest non-financial co-operative in Canada. FCL is a unique multi-billion dollar wholesaling, manufacturing, marketing and administrative co-operative owned by 210 autonomous retail co-operatives across Western Canada. Together FCL and those local retail co-operatives form the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS). The CRS serves our members and communities with products and services that help build, feed and fuel individuals and communities from Vancouver Island to northwestern Ontario. Our total workforce of 24,500 employees serve 1.6 million active individual members and many more non-member customers at 2,500 retail locations in more than 500 communities.

SOURCE Federated Co-operatives Limited

For further information: Cameron Zimmer, Communications Manager, Federated Co-operatives Limited, Phone: 306-244-1614, Email:


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