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Canada offers beef irradiation as another tool for food safety

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The government of Canada’s announcement this week of changes to its food and drug regulations to permit irradiation of ground beef was not a surprise. It was a long time coming, though, with industry having requested the change in 1998. Canada has already approved radiation to treat potatoes, onions, wheat, flour, spices and seasoning preparations…. Continue Reading

Illnesses reported; Loblaw expands recall of organic baby food

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An undisclosed number of illnesses in Canada have been linked to PC Organics brand baby food, spurring Loblaw Companies Ltd. to expand its Feb. 3 recall to include 31 more products because of risk of botulism poisoning. “A manufacturing error resulted in excess water in the product, which under certain circumstances could support the growth… Continue Reading

Organic baby food pouches recalled for botulism risk

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Loblaw Companies Ltd. is recalling one flavor of PC Organics baby food from retailers nationwide in Canada after a consumer complaint triggered an inspection that revealed the product could contain the toxin that causes botulism poisoning. The recall includes only one lot of President’s Choice (PC) Organics branded apple, blueberry and green pea strained baby… Continue Reading

Rare strain of E. coli strikes across Canada: source unknown

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A dozen cases of E. coli O121 have been confirmed in three Canadian provinces, according to matching genetic fingerprint data, but the source of the outbreak has not yet been identified. The Public Health Agency of Canada reports four of the rare O121 cases were confirmed in British Columbia, four in Saskatchewan and four in… Continue Reading

Duncan Hines cake mix recalled because of Salmonella

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Pinnacle Foods Canada Corp. issued a nationwide recall Wednesday for Duncan Hines brand cake mix because of possible Salmonella contamination. Only one flavor of Duncan Hines cake mix — Apple Caramel — is included in the recall. It was distributed to retailers nationwide in Canada. “Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below. Check… Continue Reading

Sobeys recalls broccoli slaw after its test positive for Listeria

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Sobeys Inc.’s  recall of Compliments brand Broccoli Slaw for possible Listeria contamination may shortly  be followed by other products. No illnesses have yet been reported that are associated with either this recall or the testing that brought it about. The recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. The CFIA is conducting… Continue Reading

Quebec company recalls cured meat products for Listeria risk

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Charcuterie Parisienne Inc. of Montreal, Quebec, is recalling four cured meat products because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. According to the recall notice posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the products were only available via retail in Quebec. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products, CFIA stated, adding that food… Continue Reading

Salmon roe recalled nationwide in Canada; botulism possible

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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

Mushroom soup recalled in Canada for potential botulism

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Raices Food Inc. is recalling Verano Food Purveyors brand Mushroom Soup from the marketplace because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), no illnesses have been reported. The recalled soup was distributed in Nova Scotia. The public should not consume the recalled products described below. Anyone who… Continue Reading

UPDATED: More hot peppers recalled for Salmonella risk

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UPDATED CONTENT 9:30 EDT — This story has been updated to include recall information for Longo brand peppers, also sold by Veg-Pak Produce Ltd. The Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced another hot pepper recall, this time from Veg-Pak Produce Ltd. of Toronto. It comes just after Toronto-based Canada Herb recalled fresh chili peppers. All of… Continue Reading