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Canadian Poultry Banned In 7 Countries After B.C. Avian Flu

CP | Jeremy Haiinsworth, The Associated Press | Posted 12.07.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Seven countries have imposed trade restrictions on Canadian poultry as a fifth farm in British Columbia's Fraser Valley was put under quar...

New Beer Regulations Raise the Question: Do You Know What's in Your Beer?

Glenford Jameson | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Business
Glenford Jameson

Changing the nutritional labeling of beer is not what this Canadian Food Inspection Agency consultation is about. It's about modernizing the definition of beer so that good beers don't get caught up in regulatory black holes. The proposed regulations are clean and clear for the industry.

Why Canada Needs More Food Lawyers

Glenford Jameson | Posted 12.14.2014 | Canada Business
Glenford Jameson

The development of food law in Canada is having an impact beyond the legal community and is an exciting development for anyone who engages with the food system, whether they be food entrepreneurs, scientists, regulators, or the everyday consumer.

Canada's Agricultural Watchdog Isn't Interested In Your Health

Yan Roberts | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Yan Roberts

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.

It's Safer To Shop In a Supermarket Than a Farmer's Market

Steven Burton | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada
Steven Burton

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?

Do You Know About These New Food Safety Regulations?

Steven Burton | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada
Steven Burton

Self-policing has proven to be inadequate in the past as some food producers took an overly optimistic view of risk, dismissing (or unaware of) potential hazards to the extent that food safety was compromised. This is why the CFIA feels that external inspections by a regulatory agency are so important.

The Food You Buy at the Grocery Store May Not Be Safe to Eat

Steven Burton | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Business
Steven Burton

According to Public Health Agency of Canada, four-million Canadians will come down with food poisoning this year. Fortunately, most recover but some do not. While some cases result from improper food handling at restaurants or at home, many are caused by products purchased at the grocery store.

Should Sick Animals Be Treated With Antibiotics?

Steven Burton | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Steven Burton

The U.S. FDA just convinced 25 drug companies to stop producing antibiotics for animals that are used in human medicine. Many believe Canada should follow suit. Clearly, it is humane to treat sick animals, but harm can come to humans if animal antibiotic use develops drug-resistant bugs that subsequently infect humans.

Marmite Kept My Father Alive, Now It's Being Banned

Robin Rowland | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Robin Rowland

So why did my father insist that I eat Marmite? Why did he say it kept him alive? My father was a prisoner of war on the Burma Thailand Railway, where allied prisoners, starved by the Japanese were forced as slave labourers to build the infamous "Railway of Death."

Another Beef Recall

CP | John Cotter, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Canada's food safety watchdog has ordered another beef recall over possible E. coli contamination — the fourth this month, including one ...

CFIA Stops Investigating Deadly Disease

CP | John Cotter, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.09.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Canada's food regulator has stopped riding herd on anthrax, a disease that can kill cattle, bison, other grazing animals and, in rare cases...

Cracking Down On E. Coli

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.17.2013 | Canada Alberta

SASKATOON - Canada's food watchdog is planning to impose tougher rules to deal with the threat of E. coli in slaughterhouses.Agriculture Minister Gerr...

Canada's National Lab Gets A Vial Of H7N9 Flu Virus

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.19.2013 | Canada

TORONTO - If all goes according to plan, a vial containing the worrisome new H7N9 virus should arrive at Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory in ...

Big Changes To B.C. Meat Inspections

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.24.2013 | Canada British Columbia

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...

Conference Board of Canada Food Summit: Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

Paul Hughes | Posted 04.01.2013 | Canada Alberta
Paul Hughes

Although the 2nd Canadian Food Summit hasn't even started, the controversy has. In fact, the Canadian food policy world may have it's biggest dust up ever if the Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) continues its tone deaf, stack the deck maneuvering.

How to Prevent Political Scandals in 2013

Gerry Som | Posted 02.25.2013 | Canada Politics
Gerry Som

The year 2012 saw some scandals in Canada. There was the exposure of the multi-million dollar Ornge Air Ambulance scandal, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency scandal in Alberta, and the Robocall scandal. Did we spend a lot of time, money, and energy investigating and analyzing these scandals? Yes. Is there a sure way to avoid these problems for the next year, 2013?

Canada's Food Safety Rules Not Much Use If Not Followed: Experts

CP | John Cotter, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.25.2013 | Canada

Veteran cattleman George Graham has a common-sense solution for how to prevent a repeat of an E. coli outbreak and extensive product recall in the fal...

Tainted Burgers At Loblaws?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Four cases of E. coli infection have prompted a recall of frozen hamburgers across the country.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Loblaw...

Better Inspector Training Needed, Says Former XL Manager

CBC | Posted 12.22.2012 | Canada Alberta

A former XL Foods Inc. manager is raising questions about Canadian Food Inspection Agency inspectors following the largest beef recall in Canadian his...

Federal Inspectors Begin 'Detailed Assessment'

CBC | Posted 12.09.2012 | Canada Alberta

XL Foods, the plant at the centre of a massive E. coli-related beef recall, says it has addressed all the safety issues and concerns raised by the Can...

B.C. Gets Ready To Take Over Meat Inspections

CBC | Posted 09.30.2013 | Canada British Columbia

As the list of B.C. supermarkets and products affected by the XL Foods beef recall continues to grow, the provincial government is getting ready to ta...

Beef Recall and the Grim Reality of our Food System

Paul Hughes | Posted 12.02.2012 | Canada Alberta
Paul Hughes

Establishment 38 is not a lunar outpost operated by Weyland-Yutani. It is a slaughterhouse and meat processing plant in Brooks, Alberta, operated by XL Foods Inc. The CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) has suspended the operating license of Establishment 38 because of the detected presence of E. coli O157:H7. Another food recall, this one crossing almost all provincial borders, is today's sobering headline reality. While the scientists, researchers and investigators of the CFIA have E. coli O157:H7 under the microscope, Canadians have also placed Canada's food safety system on a slide and we're collectively scrutinizing how we got ourselves into such a pickle. Our massively complex global food system involves billions of supply chain transactions daily. The relationship with the consumer has evolved and citizens must diligently participate in the food equation in order to prevent food borne illnesses. But, do we have the skills to be active participants in a food system we interact with on multiple occasions daily?

Rachel Mendleson

Is Canada's Food Inspection System Reaching A Breaking Point?

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 07.17.2012 | Canada Business

This article is part of a Huffington Post series on the global impact of austerity -- "A Thousand Cuts" -- from affordable housing funds lost in San F...

Are Canadians Being Ripped Off At The Grocery Checkout?

CBC | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada Business

Many customers are being overcharged when they buy some packaged foods in grocery stores, according to an inspector with the Canadian Foo...

Feds Misleading Canadians On Food Safety Cuts: Union

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 06.21.2012 | Canada Business

The federal government is misleading Canadians about the changes it’s making to Canada’s food safety measures and bowing to industry pressure in i...