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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

woman eating Soylent Food Bar

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?


The international radura symbol, left, varies slightly from the version used in the U.S., at right.

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

U.S. and Canada agree their food safety systems are comparable


The United States and Canada have comparable food safety systems, a fact that has now been officially recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The food safety systems for Australia and the European Union are likely coming soon. The U.S. and New Zealand have had an agreement that their systems are comparable since… Continue Reading

FDA Hones in on Limited Raw Milk Cheese Despite Absence of a Single Documented Case in 23 Years


(I have spent much of the last week reading a 189-page report issued jointly by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada, with the dry title, “Joint FDA/Health Canada Quantitative Assessment of the Risk of Listeriosis from Soft-Ripened Cheese Consumption in the United States and Canada”. The reading is as dry as the… Continue Reading

FDA, Health Canada: Listeria Much More Likely in Raw-Milk Cheese


Consumers are up to 160 times more likely to contract a Listeria infection from soft-ripened cheese made from raw milk compared to the same cheese made with pasteurized milk, according to a joint risk assessment drafted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada. “This finding is consistent with the fact that consuming… Continue Reading

Canadians Support Food Irradiation Once They Know About It

A public opinion survey has surfaced in Canada that shows folks do not know much about food irradiation, but suggests they might support its use. The 65-year old Consumer Association of Canada released the Food Irradiation Survey last week. It was conducted last Feb. 7 and 8 by Angus Reid Public Opinion in Vancouver, BC…. Continue Reading

Health Canada Issues Reminder of Raw Milk Risks

Health Canada, Canada’s government agency responsible for national public health, last week issued a press release reminding its citizens not to drink raw (unpasteurized) milk because it could contain bacteria that can make you seriously ill. The agency explains: Unpasteurized milk has historically been linked to many serious diseases. In addition, several different kinds of… Continue Reading