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Dairy industry seeks Trump’s help with Canada under NAFTA

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U.S. dairy organizations and the state departments of agriculture across the country turned to President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday to combat Canada’s existing and soon-to-be-expanded protectionist policies designed to block imports from the United States. They say the policies are in direct violation of Canada’s trade commitments under the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) and the… Continue Reading

Anchovy-stuffed olives from Spain recalled in U.S., Canada

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Roland brand anchovy-stuffed olives are being recalled from retailers and food service operations across North America after consumer complaints of bulging cans spurred federal investigators to test the product. The recall includes 3-ounce cans of olives distributed in the United States and Canada. Neither the American Roland Food Corp. nor the U.S. Food and Drug… Continue Reading

Feds waited 8 months to reveal cucumber Salmonella outbreak

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The fourth Salmonella outbreak linked to fresh cucumbers since 2013 sickened people in at least eight states and spurred a national grocery chain to pull mini cucumbers from shelves this past spring — but federal officials didn’t go public about it until this week. In a report dated today, eight months after the outbreak, scientists… Continue Reading

Alberta health officials shut down rogue food-sharing operation

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Alberta Health Services has issued a cease and desist order to a food-sharing company in Edmonton that was flouting Canadian food safety regulations by matching home cooks with customers through an online system. The co-founder of Scarf said that letting customers check in online with 30 vetted home cooks, order, and pre-pay for a meal… Continue Reading

Quebec company recalls cured meat products for Listeria risk

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Charcuterie Parisienne Inc. of Montreal, Quebec, is recalling four cured meat products because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. According to the recall notice posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the products were only available via retail in Quebec. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products, CFIA stated, adding that food… Continue Reading

Salmon roe recalled nationwide in Canada; botulism possible

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Imperial Caviar & Seafood has expanded its recall of salmon roe for the second time, urging consumers to not eat the salmon eggs because of concerns about botulism poisoning. The Fairfield, NJ-based company recalled some salmon roe Sept. 15 that had been distributed to retailers in Quebec. The next day the company expanded the recall… Continue Reading

Listeria patient dies; Foody World store remains closed

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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

From the ‘What were they thinking?’ files

Opinion

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Note on content: Doug Powell originally published this photo and column on BarfBlog.com under the title “Killer of old people and ‘everyone’s too anal’ about produce given awards by Canadian grocers” Pete Luckett (right in photo) and is one of this year’s recipients of the “Life Member Designation,” awarded for lifetime contributions to independent grocery… Continue Reading

Ontario court could shut down raw milk distribution, promotion

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The outcome of a two-day hearing set for today and tomorrow in the Ontario Court of Justice at Newmarket may send raw milk drinkers in Canada down a more political road after years of fighting court battles. The hearing will determine if the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Health were correct… Continue Reading

Meat and poultry pizzas from Canada recalled for not getting inspections

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Toronto-based RFG Canada Inc. on Thursday recalled approximately 1,250 pounds of meat and poultry pizzas imported from Canada and not presented to FSIS for re-inspection upon entry to the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Without the benefit of full inspection, a possibility of adverse health… Continue Reading