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Toronto Public Health Sets Up Anonymous Website to Track Foodborne Illness

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In order to track food poisoning cases that might otherwise never get reported, Toronto Public Health has set up an anonymous, voluntary and confidential website called GastroBusters. Health officials said many Canadians with foodborne illnesses just stay home and don’t report it to anyone, making it harder to get an accurate picture of the problem. “In a report… Continue Reading

Two Salmonella Cases Confirmed by Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

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Two cases of Salmonella infection were confirmed Friday by the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. According to the announcement, the council’s Community Health Program has contacted 50 community members and 11 have been advised to seek medical attention and further lab testing for the bacteria. The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is located in southeastern Ontario, Canada, near… Continue Reading

Two Salmonella Outbreaks in Minnesota Linked to Frozen Raw Breaded Poultry Products

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The Minnesota Department of Public Health is urging consumers to handle raw chicken products carefully and cook them thoroughly after seven recent cases of salmonellosis in Minnesota have been linked to raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken entrees. The illnesses prompted health officials to remind consumers that the products may look cooked, but are… Continue Reading

44 Salmonella Cases in Canada Linked to Frozen Raw Breaded Poultry Products

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The Canadian government is warning consumers about the safety of breaded chicken nuggets, chicken burgers and strips after 44 people have been sickened with Salmonella. The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Health Canada to investigate an outbreak of Salmonella infections in Ontario,… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Warning for Customers of Original Joe’s in Strathmore, Alberta

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Diners who recently ate at Original Joe’s in Strathmore, Alberta, are being warned by Alberta Health Services that a kitchen worker tested positive for Hepatitis A, a contagious virus that can be transmitted via food, according to Canada’s CBC News. Patrons who ate at the restaurant and bar between June 9 and 19, 2015, may… Continue Reading

Niagara Area Reports Big Benefits From Mandatory Food Safety Training

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Training is costly and regulations are burdensome, but in Ontario’s Niagara area — located just minutes from Buffalo, New York — they’ve decided those options are better than outbreaks of foodborne disease. Mandatory food safety training has become the norm in the region for high-risk venues, including restaurants, banquet halls and nursing homes. Dr. Valerie… Continue Reading

34 Sickened in Canadian Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Chicks From Alberta Hatchery

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An investigation is underway in Canada to figure out the source of a Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak linked to live chicks from an Alberta hatchery. According to news reports, the outbreak has so far sickened 34 people in three provinces. The Public Health Agency of Canada is not releasing the name of the hatchery, which is… Continue Reading

12 Sickened in Canada From E. Coli Possibly Linked to Leafy Greens

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Canada’s Public Health Agency is investigating an outbreak of E. col O157:H7 possibly linked to leafy greens (lettuces, kale, spinach, arugula or chard). According to a statement released by the agency on Wednesday, there are currently 12 people sickened in four provinces (Alberta, 9; Saskatchewan, 1; Ontario, 1, and Newfoundland and Labrador, 1). Illness onset dates range… Continue Reading

Canadian Union Says CFIA Budget Cuts Mean Fewer Meat Plant Inspections

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Canada’s food safety agency has cut back on inspections of certain meat plants and that threatens food safety, the national president of the inspectors union said on Tuesday. At a press conference in Edmonton, Bob Kingston, president of the Agriculture Union, said that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) began reducing inspections in northern Alberta… Continue Reading

Foodborne Illness Responsible for Lightfoot Concert Cancellations

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Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot Jr. has cancelled his remaining U.S. tour dates for March because he is reportedly recovering from being hospitalized last week with a foodborne illness. His doctors expect the 77-year-old Lightfoot to fully recover, and the tour dates are being re-booked, mostly for late May. It was almost 40 years ago that the man… Continue Reading