October 18, 2017

Archives for November 2014

Canada’s Food Safety System Ranked Best in the World

According to the government of Canada, their food safety system has ranked first out of 17 countries on food safety performance. The University of Guelph's Food Institute compared the food safety systems of 17 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. The ranking scores are determined by 10 indicators in the areas of assessment, management, and communication. Other countries in the study included Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Canada and Ireland tied for first. France was second, and the UK, Norway, and the United States were in the top five. Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) … [Read more...]

Bruno’s Best Products Recalled in Canada for Possible Botulism

Vancouver Coastal Health has issued a public safety advisory, warning consumers not to consume Bruno's Best ready to eat seafood products because they could be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin. During an inspection, it was discovered that the products were not processed using a validated method consistent with food safety standards. Four different varieties of fish products sold under the brand name "Bruno's Best" have been recalled. They were sold at Finest at Sea Ocean Product's 4675 Arbutus and 1805 Mast Tower, Granville Island Locations in Vancouver, British Columbia, between June 1 and October 7, 2014. The recalled products are Bruno's Best BC Octopus Conserva, Bruno's Best House Smoked BC Sardines, Bruno's Best House Smoked Pacific Oysters, and Bruno's Best Tuna … [Read more...]

Oregon GE Labeling Initiative Heads to a Recount

Measure 92, the genetically engineered (GE) food labeling initiative on the ballot this month is headed for a recount because it is too close to call. The gap between Yes and No is less than one tenth of a percentage point. Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety said in a statement, "thanks to the tireless efforts of on the ground organizer, and despite an aggressive and expensive opposition campaign, GE food labeling is still alive in Oregon. Regardless of what happens next, this is only the beginning. The power and tenaciousness of the Food Movement has been on full display here in Oregon." Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer, Dow AgroSciences, Pepsi, and Coke together donated almost $15,000,000 to defeat the initiative. The previous record for spending on a ballot … [Read more...]

Gross Food News Stadium Edition: Mold and Bugs With That Hot Dog?

Mold in the ice machines, cockroaches and mice poop in food preparation areas and blocked handwashing sinks are just some of the food safety violations routinely found at Kansas City's Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums, according to a report on ESPN's Outside the Lines. The report is based on information from the food manager of the stadiums, which are homes to the Royals and the Chiefs teams. Jon Costa is the district food safety manager for Aramark, a food service company that contracts with schools, businesses and 30 professional sports teams. The conditions at the stadiums are a "recipe for foodborne illness," he told ESPN. Costa said he spent months trying to get Aramark to reprimand employees as he was powerless to do so. He emailed his concerns with photos of food safety … [Read more...]

Verka Peanut Brittle Recalled in Canada for Sesame Seeds

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Verka Food International are recalling peanut brittle for undeclared sesame seeds. Sesame seeds are considered an allergen in Canada. There is no information on whether or not any allergies have been reported to date. The recalled product is Verka Peanut Gachak (Peanut Brittle) in 200 gram packages with code Batch No 4413 and UPC number 8 84282 11143 8. Also recalled is Verka Peanut Gachak (Peanut Brittle) in 400 gram packages with code Batch No 4413 and UPC number 8 84282 11128 5. The products were sold in Alberta and British Columbia at the retail level. If you purchased this product and are allergic to sesame, do not eat it. Discard or return to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

Documents Show Aquabounty’s Management Problems

Food & Water Watch and Center for Food Safety have again asked the FDA to deny AquaBounty Technologies' application for genetically engineered salmon. New evidence from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission shows that the company previously handed over responsibility for most safety at its Panamanian facility - including regulatory compliance - to an independent contractor. In 2013, the company handed over management of its facility in Panama to an independent grower who died this summer, leaving the facility in a "precarious state" according to FOod & Water WAtch. Executive Director Wenonah Hauter said in a statement, "at times, even AquaBounty doesn't seem to know what's happening in Panama. The horrendous environmental record of AquaBounty, which includes a security … [Read more...]

Trans Fat Consumption is Linked to Diminished Memory

According to a study by the American Heart Association, trans fat consumption is linked to diminished memory in working-aged men. The American Heart Association Meeting Report Abstract 15572 states that in a study of about 1,000 healthy men, those who consumed the most trans fats showed "notably worse performance on a word memory test." The strength of this association remained even after the study results were adjusted for age, education, ethnicity, and depression. Dr. Beatrice A. Golomb, lead author of the study and professor of medicine at the University of California-San Diego said in a statement, "Trans fats were most strongly linked to worse memory, in young and middle-aged men, during their working and career-building years. From a health standpoint, trans fat consumption has … [Read more...]

UK Study Finds 70% of Chickens Contaminated with Campylobacter

A new study published by the Food Standards Agency in the UK finds that most of the chickens sold in that country test positive for the presence of Campylobacter bacteria. The study is the first part of a year-long survey of Campylobacter on fresh chickens. The FSA states that its number one food safety priority is tackling Campylobacter contamination on poultry. The results show that 18% of chickens tested positive for Campylobacter above the highest level of contamination (above 1,000 colony forming units per gram). They also found that 70% of the chickens tested positive for Campylobacter. And 6% of packaging tested positive for Campylobacter with only one sample at the highest level of contamination. So far, 1,995 samples of fresh whole chilled chickens have been tested out of a … [Read more...]

Two Products Recalled in Canada for Undeclared Milk

Two products have been recalled in Canada for undeclared milk: Mayacamas Hollandaise Sauce Mix and Dimpflmeier Pumpernickel Rye Bread. There is no word on whether or not any allergic reactions have been reported in either recall. Mayacamas Hollandaise Sauce Mix in 28 gram packages is recalled. All codes where milk is not declared on the label are recalled. The UPC number is 0 74888 20201 6. They were made by Tree of Life Canada and sold nationally at the retail level. Dimpflmeier Pumpernickel Roggenbrot - Delicatessen Rye Bread in 454 gram packages is recalled. All codes where milk is not declared on the label are recalled. The UPC number on the product is 0 60569 00710 0. It was sold in Ontario at the retail level. If you purchased these products and are allergic to milk, do not … [Read more...]

Cool Runnings Curry Powder Recall Updated

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Universal Impex Corp. are updating the recall of Cool Runnings Curry powder for undeclared peanut and almond to include another product. Any0one with an allergy to peanut or almonds (tree nuts) could have a serious allergic reaction if they consume this product. No reported reactions have been received to date. The recalled product is Cool Runnings Curry Powder in 225 gram (7.9 ounce) packages. The code on the product is 140812 and the UPC number is 6 24913 01149 8. It was sold in Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and possibly nationally at the retail level. If you purchased this product and are allergic to peanuts and/or tree nuts (almonds), do not eat it. Discard or return to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

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