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Canadian BSE Case Demonstrates Need for COOL, Lobby Group Says

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R-CALF USA, which represents the U.S. cattle industry in trade, marketing and private property rights issues, is pointing to a recent case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) — or, as it is commonly called, “mad cow disease” — in a Canadian cow as a reason to maintain country-of-origin labeling (COOL). The World Trade Organization (WTO)… Continue Reading

Foreign Markets Cautious on Canadian Beef Pending BSE Investigation

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Foreign markets are being extra cautious about Canadian beef until an investigation into an Alberta cow found to be infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) — or, as it is commonly called, “mad cow disease” — runs its course. In the meantime, South Korea has temporarily banned imports of Canadian beef as a precaution. None… Continue Reading

Ontario Restaurant Closes After Hepatitis A Scare

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Marj’s Village Kitchen in Alma, Ontario, has permanently closed up shop following a Hepatitis A warning from the local health department this past week. Hundreds of people in the area have flocked to health clinics to receive vaccinations since Thursday, when the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Department warned anyone who ate at the restaurant between Jan…. Continue Reading

Go Raw Organic Seed Mix Recalled in Canada for Possible Salmonella Contamination

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Ecomax Nutrition is recalling Go Raw brand Organic Spicy Seed Mix from the Canadian marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. There have not been reports of the product being recalled in the U.S. The recalled Organic Spicy Seed Mix comes in 454-gram bags (about 1 pound) bearing the UPC 8 59888 00040 0 and an “Enjoy… Continue Reading

China Joins List of Countries Restricting U.S. Poultry Imports Due to Avian Flu

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On Tuesday, China joined a growing list of countries barring U.S. poultry imports after avian influenza was found in backyard chicken and guinea fowl flocks in Oregon and Washington. More than 30 countries have banned or restricted the import of poultry originating in one or both of those states. China and the 28 members of… Continue Reading

CDC Update: 7 Deaths Among Listeriosis Victims Linked to Caramel Apples

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On Saturday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a seventh death among the 32 illnesses reported in the multi-state Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to caramel apples. According to CDC, Listeriosis contributed to at least three of the deaths reported to date. Since the last case count update, one additional death was reported…. Continue Reading

CDC Update: 32 Listeria Illnesses in 11 States, 2 in Canada Linked to Caramel Apples

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On Wednesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) again updated information regarding the multi-state Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to caramel apples. As of Dec. 30, there were 32 illnesses reported in 11 states, including 31 hospitalizations and six deaths. According to CDC, Listeriosis contributed to three of the deaths reported to date, but it… Continue Reading

2 Listeria Illnesses Prompt Warning in Canada About Caramel Apples

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Two people in Canada have tested positive for the same strain of Listeria monocytogenes that has killed five people and sickened 29 in the U.S. and been linked to caramel apples. The situation prompted a warning on Tuesday from the Public Health Agency of Canada that potentially contaminated caramel apples may have been imported to Canada. The… Continue Reading

Cargill Recalls Ground Beef From Canadian Walmarts for Possible E. Coli Contamination

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Cargill Meat Solutions is recalling Your Fresh Market brand ground beef products from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O157 contamination, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced Monday. The public is being advised not to consume the recalled products described below, which have been sold at Walmart stores in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Brand Name Common… Continue Reading

WTO Announces U.S. Appeal of COOL Decision, But No Details Yet

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Not much is really known about the appeal that went public the Friday after Thanksgiving over the controversial U.S. country-of-origin meat labeling scheme — often called COOL — which has repeatedly been found in violation of free trade agreements by the World Trade Organization (WTO). News that the U.S. was appealing the ruling within the… Continue Reading