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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

24 E. Coli Illnesses in Canada Associated With Bean Sprouts


Following a recent cluster of E. coli O157:H7 cases in the Edmonton area, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is advising people to take precautions to prevent the spread of the illness. There have been a reported 24 cases of E. coli in the Edmonton area in recent weeks, and AHS officials believe bean sprouts to be the… Continue Reading

Salads Recalled From Canadian Stores For Potential Listeria Contamination


Safeway and Buy-Low Foods in Canada are recalling Caesar salad products due to possible Listeria contamination. The following products were sold at Buy-Low Foods and Nesters Market in Alberta and British Columbia, and at Safeway and St. Martin’s Family Foods in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan. This recall was triggered by the company. The Canadian Food… Continue Reading

Salmonella Outbreak in Southwest Alberta “Running Rampant”


An outbreak of Salmonella is “running rampant” in the province, the Alberta Health Services (AHS) is warning. An area of rural southwestern Alberta has recorded more than 30 Salmonella cases since Dec. 13 in the outbreak health officials say is being spread by household contacts. In addition to AHS, Environmental Public Health, Health Canada First… Continue Reading

Ground Beef Recalled Across Canada for E. coli Risk


Update: On September 18, after this article was published, Canadian Food Inspection Agency released an expanded list of retailers to which the recalled ground beef from XL Foods was sold. The updated list can be found here, or at the link to CFIA’s website below. Ground beef products sold at major grocery chains across Canada… Continue Reading

Canada Finds BSE in Alberta Dairy Cow

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, commonly known as mad cow disease, was detected  last month in a dairy cow from Alberta, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) acknowledged Friday. The agency said no part of the slaughtered cow was used for human or animal food and the case should not affect exports of Canadian cattle or beef…. Continue Reading

Turmeric Recalled in British Columbia, Alberta

A Vancouver, B.C. importer is recalling turmeric powder and with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume it because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.  Gagan Foods International Ltd. says the affected product, Gagan brand Turmeric (Haldi) Powder, product of India, is sold in 200 g packages bearing UPC 7… Continue Reading

$300 Fine for Abusing Slaughterhouse Animals

Judge E.W. Coward of Canada’s Lethbridge Provincial Court in southern Alberta has given local resident Andrew McMillan until Oct. 14 to pay a $300 fine. McMillan pleaded guilty on July 28 to one count of violating section 62(1) of the Meat Inspection Regulations, meaning he committed an offense under Section 21(3) of Canada’s Meat Inspection… Continue Reading