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Canada reports 51 Cyclospora cases in 4 provinces; fresh produce suspected

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Canadian public health officials are investigating an outbreak of “locally acquired” Cyclospora infections. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), there are currently 51 confirmed cases in four provinces, and one person has been hospitalized. The source of the illnesses has not yet been identified, although PHAC stated that “imported fresh produce products are… Continue Reading

Very few Canadians sign petition to legalize raw milk

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The deadline is noon today, but unless there is a morning groundswell of activity one might easily come to the conclusion that Canadians don’t give a rip about making raw milk legal. An official House of Commons petition to Canada’s Minister of Health has collected a mere 4,877 signatures since it became available online April 13… Continue Reading

Bolthouse Farms also recalls protein drinks in Canada

These three flavors of Bolthouse Farms brand protein drinks are being recalled from retailers across Canada following consumer complaints in the U.S. about spoilage and illnesses.

In addition to recalling 3.8 million bottles of protein drinks in the U.S. because of consumer complaints of spoilage and illnesses, Bolthouse Farms Inc. is recalling an undisclosed number of three flavors of the drinks from retailers across Canada. No illnesses related to the products had been reported in Canada as of the posting of… Continue Reading

Canada investigates outbreak; milk recall expanded

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Canadian officials are investigating a foodborne illness outbreak that may be connected to Neilson brand partly skimmed chocolate milk distributed by Saputo Inc. Meanwhile, Montreal-based Saputo Inc. has expanded its recall and closed the production line that manufactured the recalled milk, which may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. “Although the exact cause of the incident… Continue Reading

FDA’s new food safety partnership with Canada

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Editor’s note: This was originally published on as part of FDA’s Voice Blog series. With a shared border that is more than 5,500 miles long, Canada and the United States have a lot in common — including a shared food supply. So it is no surprise that Canadian food safety agencies and the U.S. Food and… Continue Reading

Recalls expand as SunOpta reopens sunflower seed plant

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More granola and snack products — including Quaker Oats, Planters and Clif Bar brands — are being recalled across the U.S. and Canada because of potential Listeria contamination as production resumes at the SunOpta Inc. plant responsible for the recalls. The Toronto-based, self-described organic/non-GMO company announced its own expanded recall for more products — including… Continue Reading

Health Canada may allow the sale of irradiated raw ground beef

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Health Canada plans to suggest amendments to the country’s Food and Drug Regulations in June which would add ground beef to the list of foods permitted to undergo radiation treatment before being sold in Canada. The rationale behind changing the regulations is that irradiation of raw ground beef will prevent the spread of E. coli and other… Continue Reading

Product that made people sick in U.S. recalled in Canada by Costco

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Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. is recalling Ajinomoto brand Yakitori Chicken with Japanese-Style Fried Rice from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.  The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says consumers should not consume the recalled product. In addition, Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. has indicated that some Costco warehouse locations did provide free food samples of… Continue Reading

Costco, Diamond Pet Food pay dog owners for poison pet food

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The Ottawa-based Consumer Law Group says Diamond Pet Food and Costco are now paying out varying amounts to settle damage claims from Canadians whose pets required screening and/or treatment when some were exposed to Salmonella in 2011 and 2012. A class action law firm first announced the settlement in March. Consumer Law Group led the class action… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Frozen veggies recalled in U.S., Canada for listeria

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Fifteen frozen organic vegetable products distributed to retailers in at least 35 states and four Canadian provinces are under voluntary recall because of potential contamination with listeria monocytogenes. CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, WA, posted the recall Friday because random samples of frozen organic peas and corn tested by Ohio health officials returned positive results… Continue Reading