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Salmon roe recalled nationwide in Canada; botulism possible

recalled Imperial Caviar and Seafood salmon roe

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


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


BarfBog photo of Canadian honorees

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


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


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

Greenhouse innovations have drastically improved food safety


Modern high-tech greenhouses don't use dirt, protect produce from animals and birds, and somewhat resemble "clean rooms."

Food safety is a key pillar of the greenhouse operations for each grower. Any type of food safety risk impacts not only the grower operations, but our competitors, and most importantly, consumers. As seen in any produce outbreak, the entire industry suffers from the problems of one operation. It is paramount that growers make food… Continue Reading

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

national flag of canada on a black & white cloudy background

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


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


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