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Canadian Cole Slaw Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced that Roy Pope and Sons of Belleisle Creek, New Brunswick, is recalling Belleisle Farms brand cole slaw. The product comes in 227-gram packages (about 8 ounces), with a best-before date of Aug. 19 and UPC 0 33383 65260 3, and was distributed in the Maritime Provinces (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador,… Continue Reading

Peanut, Almond Butters Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination After Four Sickened

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Six brands of peanut butter and almond butter have been recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. The recall, announced Tuesday, includes peanut and almond butter products sold by Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. nSpired Natural Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling certain retail lots of Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butters, MaraNatha Almond Butters and Peanut Butters, and… Continue Reading

Salami, Mushrooms Recalled in Canada for Listeria Contamination

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Avina Fresh Mushrooms brand sliced crimini mushrooms and Marc Angelo brand Genoa Salami are being recalled from the marketplace in Canada due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The affected products include: Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC Marc Angelo Genoa Salami 100 g Best Before: 14 DE 01 6 27907 05735 9 Avina Fresh Mushrooms Sliced Crimini… Continue Reading

24 E. Coli Illnesses in Canada Associated With Bean Sprouts

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Following a recent cluster of E. coli O157:H7 cases in the Edmonton area, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is advising people to take precautions to prevent the spread of the illness. There have been a reported 24 cases of E. coli in the Edmonton area in recent weeks, and AHS officials believe bean sprouts to be the… Continue Reading

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