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Canada Gets Serious About Prosecuting Food Fraud

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), which is tasked with enforcing counterfeit food laws, has not historically punished violators to the full extent of its powers, instead frequently choosing to work alongside Canadian food businesses to help them get back into compliance. But, a recent high-profile prosecution involving food fraud has demonstrated that this permissive and reconciliatory approach to regulatory breaches may have come to an end.
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17 Ways the Government Is Helping Kill Wild Salmon

In British Columbia, salmon are sacred. For centuries, they have nourished First Nations and settlers alike, and continue to sustain virtually all of the wildlife we cherish in B.C.: orcas, eagles, bears, seals and sea lions, wolves and even our forests. Wild salmon make life possible on the West Coast. So why are our federal and provincial governments trying to kill them? I do not speak of simple neglect. I mean actively working towards the destruction of wild salmon.
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Canada's Agricultural Watchdog Isn't Interested In Your Health

The majority of humans I have met are vastly humane. Comparatively, the majority of Government decisions are seen as exasperatingly profane. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has been slowly going the way of the other federal departments in our post-democratic Canada; they have gone from having the occasional nosebleed of odd policy, to having chronic influenza of misguided rulings, to now having a dead soul.
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It's Safer To Shop In a Supermarket Than a Farmer's Market

The conventional wisdom is that the risk increases from farm to fork, with farmers posing the least risk, followed by processors, then restaurants, and finally the consumers who often cause themselves to be become ill by failing to protect themselves with good hygienic practices and by throwing out foods that have expired. This is true when considering the total number of illnesses but breaks down when considering fatalities. Consumers often sicken themselves but don't generally kill themselves. So what's wrong with the system?
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Another Beef Recall

EDMONTON - Canada's food safety watchdog has ordered another beef recall over possible E. coli contamination — the fourth this month, including one linked to at least nine people getting sick in Ontar...
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Cracking Down On E. Coli

SASKATOON - Canada's food watchdog is planning to impose tougher rules to deal with the threat of E. coli in slaughterhouses.Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency wi...
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Big Changes To B.C. Meat Inspections

VERNON, B.C. - B.C. is taking over inspection services from the federal government at about 60 slaughterhouses that process meat for the retail market.As of Jan. 1, 2014, the federal government will n...