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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

Listeria patient dies; Foody World store remains closed

A grocery store specializing in Asian food remains closed as Canadian officials continue to investigate a Listeria outbreak that has hospitalized at least six people, one of whom has died. Public health officials from Vancouver Coastal Health told CBC News on Monday that they had not yet determined if Listeria monocytogenes infection caused the death… Continue Reading

B.C. Hepatitis A Outbreak Under Investigation

British Columbia health authorities are monitoring a Hepatitis A outbreak in Dawson Creek, B.C. and trying to identify the source of the viral infection. Northern Health’s chief medical officer Dr. Sandra Allison said there have been five confirmed cases. Allison said the health teams are trying to identify where the infected people have been and eaten… Continue Reading

Most Feared Salmon Virus Has Arrived in BC Waters

The European variant of infectious salmon anaemia virus (ISAV) was said to have arrived in British Columbia almost five years ago, but then the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said it was not so after testing two suspect salmon. That was in 2011. But if British Columbia was ISAV-free then, it almost certainly is not now,… Continue Reading

31 Vibrio Cases Prompt BC Health Officials to Require Cooking of BC Oysters

Health officials in Vancouver, British Columbia, are requiring area restaurants to cook oysters harvested in that province before serving them. Only oysters harvested outside of British Columbia may be served raw at this time, according to a statement issued Aug. 12 by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). Public health ordered this step in response to an ongoing… Continue Reading

Canadian Halal Processor Pleads Guilty in Tainted Meat Case

The owners of a British Columbia meat processing plant pleaded guilty Monday in the B.C. Supreme Court to one count of selling E. coli-tainted meat in 2010. Pitt Meadows Meats, now known as Meadow Valley Meats, had originally been charged with 11 counts of selling meat unfit for human consumption, a violation under Canada’s Food and Drugs Act…. 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

Rare Salmonella Strain Sickened 8 in British Columbia Last Year

Outbreak study yields lessons about investigation techniques

Salmonella Agbeni — unlike strains such as S. Enteriditis or S. Typhumurium — is rarely responsible for human illness in North America. But in May of last year, this serotype sickened 8 people in British Columbia, causing illnesses that were unusual enough to prompt a special investigation into the outbreak. The resulting study was published… Continue Reading