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Congress Members Ask USDA to Drop COOL if WTO Disapproves

WTO said to have finished report

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If the World Trade Organization (WTO) sides with Canada and Mexico in their complaint that country-of-origin labeling (COOL) laws in the U.S. put their meat exports at an unfair disadvantage, the U.S. Department of Agriculture should rescind those laws and allow Congress to resolve the issue, said 112 members of Congress in a letter to… Continue Reading

More Cheeses Recalled in Canada for Possible Staphylococcus Toxin

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The latest Canadian recall of cheeses for possibly containing the toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria is for Le Verdict d’Alexina, Citadelle, and Grey Owl brands produced by Fromagerie Le Détour Inc. The initial recall list issued on June 26 was updated to include additional products on July 11. All of the Fromagerie Le Détour products recalled include: Brand Name… Continue Reading

Canadian Recalls: Tahini and Two Types of Cheese

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Recent food recalls in Canada include Al Koura and Al Fakher brands of tahina (tahini) sold by Sesameco in the provinces of Alberta and Manitoba, and Quebec, respectively; Le Moutier Goat Cheese, sold at Choices Markets in British Columbia and possibly nationally, and Bravo Queijo de Vaca Cheese, distributed in Ontario and Quebec. Sesameco recalled… Continue Reading

USDA Petitioned to Block Imported Meat From Privatized Inspection Systems

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Food and Water Watch has petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to revoke equivalency status for four meat inspection programs in Canada, Australia and New Zealand because they have replaced government meat inspectors with company employees. The Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) “has based its equivalency determinations for these inspection systems for meat imports on… Continue Reading

Smoked Fish Recalled in Canada for Potential Botulism

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Orr’s Fine Meats and Deli of Parry Sound, Ontario, is recalling two smoked fish products because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria that causes botulism. The following products have been recalled: Smoked White Fish (filet) and Smoked Lake Trout (filet). Both products were sold as filets with no brand name or UPC… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Might Have a Future in Canada, But Questions Remain

Opinion

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(The following opinion piece by Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, associate dean of the College of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, was published May 15, 2014, in the Montreal Gazette and is reposted here with his permission.) Science-based evidence in food safety seriously compromises any argument for allowing raw milk to… Continue Reading

Attempt in Canadian Parliament to Limit Horse Slaughter Doesn’t Make It

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Private member’s bills don’t usually make it through the Canadian Parliament, and Bill C-571 to amend the federal Meat Inspection Act and the Safe Food for Canadians Act to limit horse slaughter for human consumption has come up short. British Columbia Member of Parliament Alex Atamanenko saw his private member’s bill fail to pass May… Continue Reading

Canada’s Parliament Considers Bill Limiting Horse Slaughter

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The most recent ban on equine inspections by USDA meat inspectors has moved the horse slaughter debate up to Canada’s House of Commons. A Member of Parliament (MP) from southeastern British Columbia hopes that a final hour of debate next month can persuade the country’s federal lawmakers to pass his bill limiting slaughter only to… Continue Reading

Okanagan’s Choice Cheese Recalled in Canada for Listeria Risk

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Castle Cheese Inc. of Lumby, B.C., is recalling Okanagan’s Choice Cheese brand shredded cheese products from the marketplace due to possible contamination with Listeria. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below. This recall was triggered by the company. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to… Continue Reading

Dole Brand Salad Recalled in Canada Due to Potential Listeria Contamination

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Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. is recalling Dole brand Italian Blend salad from the marketplace due to possible Listeria contamination. The following product is known to have been distributed in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick and may have been also been distributed in other provinces: Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product Universal Product Code Dole Italian… Continue Reading