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Canadian raw milk crusader serving 60 days — on weekends

Canada’s best known raw milk crusader, Ottawa’s Michael Schmidt, was sentenced Wednesday to 60 days in jail after being found guilty of obstructing a peace officer. His conviction last month stemmed from an Oct. 2, 2015, incident at his Durham area farm when Schmidt and others confronted officers executing a valid search warrant. Schmidt’s confrontations… Continue Reading

Ottawa May Mandate Food Safety Training for Employees at Restaurants with Bad Record

Food service establishments in Ottawa, Ontario that repeatedly fail health inspections will be required to enroll employees in mandatory food safety training if a proposal set to be discussed next week becomes law. The proposal – submitted to the Ottawa Board of Health by public health officials – would make food handler training mandatory for… Continue Reading

Ottawa’s ‘Lunch Lady’ Served Up Two Strains of Salmonella

Salmonella Typhimurium was found in frozen uncooked ground beef sampled on March 13 and Salmonella Heidelberg was found in raw Halal chicken sampled on March 15, Ottawa health officials say. While Salmonella was not isolated from any other food samples collected  from March 12 to 15, the laboratory results pretty well connect an Ottawa catering… Continue Reading

Cases Rise in Ottawa’s School-Linked Salmonella Outbreak

There now are 37 Salmonella infections in Ottawa, most linked to a catering company that served meals to schools and day care centers, the city’s public health department reported Monday. The outbreak total includes 33 children, ranging in age from 15 months to 18 years old. Three required hospitalization but have since been released. The… Continue Reading

Catering Service Focus of Ottawa Outbreak Probe

Three of 19 children with laboratory-confirmed Salmonella infections are being treated in Ottawa hospitals in an outbreak that has also sickened four adults. Health officials in Canada’s capital city investigating the outbreak have focused on a catering company called The Lunch Lady, which serves meals to 55 schools and day care facilities. Among the 16… Continue Reading