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Norovirus likely from sewage discharge during herring run

Public health officials on Vancouver Island, off Canada’s Pacific Coast, suspect that the likely source of a norovirus outbreak associated with the March herring run was from untreated sewage associated with marine operations. Untreated sewage also was blamed for shellfish farm closures in Baynes Sound this year. But the Public Health Agency of Canada, working… Continue Reading

CFIA updates best-by on recalled microgreens

Consumers are still at risk from recalled Greenbelt microgreens after Canadian officials updated the best-by date on the products, which could be contaminated with Listeria. Instead of the previously reported best-by date, some of the recalled microgreens are stamped with an April 30 date, making it likely that consumers still have the potentially life-threatening fresh… Continue Reading

Greenbelt Greenhouse recalls microgreens Listeria risk

Greenbelt Greenhouse Ltd. of Ottawa, Canada, is recalling certain Greenbelt brand microgreens because of the risk of Listeria contamination, according to an April 24 recall notice posted on The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website. The recalled microgreens are labeled with various expiration dates ranging from April through May of 2018, so there is concern retailers… Continue Reading

Case count in Canadian oyster norovirus outbreak doubles

The case count in a norovirus outbreak traced to oyster farms in British Columbia, Canada, has more than doubled in a week. Public health officials initially reported the outbreak April 9 when there were about 40 known cases. This week the Public Health Agency of Canada reported the case count at 126. The cases of… Continue Reading

Norovirus outbreak closes two British Columbia oyster farms

The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control is warning consumers to take steps to protect their health after two B.C. Vancouver Island oyster farms have been closed following an outbreak of norovirus associated with eating the raw shellfish. The B.C. Centre for Disease Control says about 40 cases of acute gastrointestinal illness have been connected… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A found in freshcut pineapple in British Columbia

Consumers urged to seek post-exposure vaccine ASAP if they ate Western Family pineapple chunks

Anyone who has eaten Western Family brand freshcut pineapple in British Columbia recently is at risk of developing Hepatitis A and has an extremely limited amount of time to take the post-exposure vaccination for the virus. Complicating the situation is the fact that Canadian public health officials believe other products are affected, but they had… Continue Reading

Rogers flour sold by Costco in Canada linked to new outbreak

Another E. coli O121 outbreak traced to flour, this time Rogers brand, has sickened at least six people in British Columbia where public health officials are urging consumers to check their homes for the implicated flour. As of Friday evening neither the company, Rogers Foods Ltd. of Armstrong, British Columbia, nor the Canadian Food Inspection… Continue Reading

Rare strain of E. coli strikes across Canada: source unknown

A dozen cases of E. coli O121 have been confirmed in three Canadian provinces, according to matching genetic fingerprint data, but the source of the outbreak has not yet been identified. The Public Health Agency of Canada reports four of the rare O121 cases were confirmed in British Columbia, four in Saskatchewan and four in… Continue Reading