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Firm ripened Comté cheese recalled in Canada for Listeria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency posted a recall yesterday of firm ripened Comté cheese at the request of Agropur Cooperative. The company cited possible Listeria contamination as the reason for the recall. Agropur Cooperative distributed their Agropur Import Collection brand cheese to unidentified stores located across the nation. No other details about how the possible contamination was discovered were included in the recall notice. “The recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)… Continue Reading

Mechanically tenderized steaks recalled in Canada for E. coli

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency posted a recall yesterday of mechanically tenderized steaks at the request of Vantage Foods Inc. The company cited possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination as the reason for the recall. Vantage Foods Inc. distributed the meat to various Food Basics brand supermarket locations in Ontario. No other details about how the possible contamination was discovered were included… Continue Reading

OIG says USDA reviews of exporting countries are inadequate

Inconsistencies increase risk of adulterated or unsafe meat, poultry, egg products being imported

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines,” said early-American philosopher and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson. But in the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, consistency gets greater appreciation. In its recent evaluation of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service equivalency… Continue Reading

Canadian Salmonella outbreak traced to frozen, raw chicken

More than a dozen people across four Canadian provinces are confirmed with Salmonella infections traced to breaded chicken products, but federal officials have not irevealed what specific products or brands are implicated. Of the 13 victims identified as of Thursday, four of them had symptoms so severe that they had to be hospitalized. Their illness… Continue Reading

Joint Canada-U.S. food safety idea floated during NAFTA talks

Timed to coincide with the third round of talks over renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, two Canadian think tanks are suggesting NAFTA 2.0 should include a bilateral food protection system. The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) and the Canada Institute of the Wilson Center have teamed up to promote “new thinking” about… Continue Reading

Recall expanded: Raspberry mousse cakes linked to outbreak

Canadian officials have expanded a recall of raspberry mousse cakes linked to a norovirus outbreak, saying at least six additional provinces are involved, and possibly the entire country. Five brands and unbranded raspberry mousse cakes are included in the recall, originally posted Aug. 11 and expanded Wednesday. “This additional information was identified during the Canadian… Continue Reading

Canada-U.S. in talks about inspection system equivalencies

Audits of Canada’s meat, poultry, and egg inspections conducted in September 2016 and written up in a report in April this year are now getting attention. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service sent a copy of the final audit report to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), raising significant questions that require attention. Canada and the United States periodically… Continue Reading

Ontario court fines Creation Foods Co. for kosher food violation

In the first provincial court case prosecuted in Canada for misrepresentation of a kosher food product, Creation Foods Co. of Woodbridge, has been fined $25,000. The corporate entity recently pleaded guilty to two counts of contravening Section 31(1) of the Food and Drugs Act in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket. A manufacturer of frozen… Continue Reading

Canada won’t name frozen chicken products linked to outbreak

Canadian officials are investigating a Salmonella outbreak that stretches across four provinces and has been linked to frozen, raw, breaded chicken products, but no recall has been issued. With illness onset dates in April and May, there are at least seven confirmed cases of Salmonella infections, according to a notice released Monday by the Public… Continue Reading

Food safety universe dimmer with the loss of two bright stars

Opinion

Editor’s note: This column by Ben Chapman was originally posted on BarfBlog.com and is reposted here with permission. I never met Dave Theno. I saw him speak a few times at IAFP (International Association for Food Protection), and other places; he had a fantastic story to tell. He had the experience of cleaning up after… Continue Reading