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U.S., Canada: under-the-radar ingredient implications

Already the focus of two warning letters from Health Canada this year, Lithium orotate is a “questionable ingredient” used in some products for treating psychiatric disorders. However, NutraIngredients says that similar products are sold ‘south of the border’, and contain the salt mineral, but have not raised as high a concern for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Advocates of orotates claim support of the salt’s ability (as an orotic acid) to deliver trace… Continue Reading

Halloween toil and trouble

Halloween celebrations can be a trick or a treat when it comes to food safety. Proper preparation by parents can go a long way for children of all ages who indulge in holiday activities and goodies. These tips and tricks will help carve out food-safe festivities for party throwers and party goers. This year’s spooky season comes amidst some significant current events into food safety, such as Colorado’s recent ban on marijuana… Continue Reading

Loblaw’s recalls chicken nuggets linked to Salmonella outbreak

Sixteen days after public health officials in Canada revealed they have been investigating a Salmonella outbreak linked to frozen, raw chicken products the country’s food safety agency posted a recall of President’s Choice brand chicken nuggets. The Public Health Agency of Canada posted its outbreak notice on June 26 warning consumers about the dangers of… Continue Reading

Ontario court could permanently shut down raw milk sales

Raw milk advocates on both sides of the 48th parallel are worried about the outcome of a trial in Ontario because they fear it could provide the template for ending sales of milk without pasteurization throughout Canada. The trial almost seems like a re-run because it involves the Crown versus Ontario’s best known raw milk… Continue Reading

Canada offers beef irradiation as another tool for food safety

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

Soylent bars recalled after dozens of unconfirmed illnesses

With dozens of consumers complaining online about classic food poisoning symptoms after eating Soylent Food Bars, Canadian officials announced a recall of the meal replacement product late today. Rosa Foods Inc. of Los Angeles just started marketing the Soylent brand nutrition supplement bars in August, with the first shipments going to consumers via Internet sales… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Oh Canada, what’s the beef with irradiated beef?

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Canadians have 10 days left if they wish to weigh in on the question of whether their government should allow ground beef to be irradiated to kill pathogens such as E. coli. It’s the second time this century that Health Canada has sought public comment on the topic. In 2002 a backlash of public opinion… Continue Reading

Health Canada may allow the sale of irradiated raw ground beef

Health Canada plans to suggest amendments to the country’s Food and Drug Regulations in June which would add ground beef to the list of foods permitted to undergo radiation treatment before being sold in Canada. The rationale behind changing the regulations is that irradiation of raw ground beef will prevent the spread of E. coli and other… Continue Reading