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Edmonton eatery linked to E. coli illnesses; food source unclear

Alberta Health Services (AHS) Environmental Public Health in Edmonton, Canada, is investigating to determine the source of five confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7 and  Mama Nita’s Filipino Cuisine restaurant is the suspected source of the outbreak. While the investigation into the exact cause is ongoing, AHS during the past week has determined that food from Mama… Continue Reading

Canada earns ‘Bovine TB Free’ status again through diligence

For the first time since a single animal was found infected in 2016 on a ranch in south Alberta with bovine TB, Canada’s “TB Free” country status is no longer in doubt or at risk. Bovine tuberculosis is a chronic animal disease. The World Organization for Animal Health requires reporting of bovine TB under the… Continue Reading

Court OKs $4 million class action settlement with XL Foods

A $4 million class action settlement is available for anyone in Canada or the United States who suffered an economic loss or or physical illness or injury from beef recalled in 2012 by XL Foods in Brooks, Alberta. Lawyers who filed the class action in 2013 said an Alberta court has approved the settlement amount… Continue Reading

Alberta outbreak prompts raw pork and pork organ recall

Hillview Meat Processor in Ottawa has recalled raw pork and pork organ products from the marketplace for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reports. The recall was triggered by findings of the CFIA, Alberta Health Services, and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry  investigation into an Alberta  outbreak involving at least 14… Continue Reading

Canada Blames Old Feed for Alberta’s Most Recent ‘Mad Cow’ Discovery

The report is not exactly comforting on that Black Angus beef cow discovered with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) north of Edmonton, Alberta, last February. BSE is a progressive and fatal neurological disease in cattle. The first BSE, or “mad cow,” to turn up in Canada since 2011 was blamed Monday by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Warning for Customers of Original Joe’s in Strathmore, Alberta

Diners who recently ate at Original Joe’s in Strathmore, Alberta, are being warned by Alberta Health Services that a kitchen worker tested positive for Hepatitis A, a contagious virus that can be transmitted via food, according to Canada’s CBC News. Patrons who ate at the restaurant and bar between June 9 and 19, 2015, may… Continue Reading

Foreign Markets Cautious on Canadian Beef Pending BSE Investigation

Foreign markets are being extra cautious about Canadian beef until an investigation into an Alberta cow found to be infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) — or, as it is commonly called, “mad cow disease” — runs its course. In the meantime, South Korea has temporarily banned imports of Canadian beef as a precaution. None… Continue Reading

125 People in Alberta Sickened With E. coli From Unknown Source

Alberta Health Services is currently investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7. There have been 125 confirmed cases reported between July 15 and August 2o. The investigation has not confirmed the source(s) of illness related to this outbreak, but Dr. Chris Sikora, the Edmonton Zone’s medical officer of health, says that nearly 80 per cent of cases were associated… Continue Reading