Food Safety

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Is Your Fridge Making You Sick?

An overly full fridge can lead to warm spots and the fridge door can act in the same way. You want to avoid keeping things on the door that can spoil quickly, mainly dairy. The door is constantly opened and closed exposing it to the warm air of the room. If you're like me standing there like a zombie staring blindly for something to eat at 2 a.m those items on the door have spent too much time in the warm air. Over the course of the day, this surprisingly adds up.
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Food Safety 101: Dos And Don'ts For Summer Eating

The summer heat means heading outdoors for barbecues, picnics and patios. Having meals outdoors is one of the best parts of summer, but improperly prepared foods can affect our health. Health Canada states that between 11-13 million people have food poisoning yearly. Ensuring the safety of food can be especially challenging this time of year because of the rising temperatures.
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Eating Local Can Help Avoid This Parasite

This past week, another microbial outbreak made the Canadian headlines. This time, the cause was a parasite with a name that sounds like a comic book supervillain, Cyclospora. It's officially known as a protozoan and in the last few months, caused 83 cases with a few requiring hospitalization. From a public health perspective, Cyclospora has for the most part spread under the radar of the media. Despite the apparent novelty of the infection right now, the parasite has been a common visitor to Canada and had made many visits in the last 20 years.
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Is Health Canada Doing Enough to Keep Our Food Healthy and Safe?

After my meeting with the Health Minister Rona Ambrose in November, 2014, I was under the impression that labelling genetically modified foods was up to the scientists at Health Canada. But when I asked two of Health Canada's senior officials about it, I was told that it's not a health and safety issue; therefore it is not within their mandate. Shouldn't the Ministry of Health and Health Canada be looking for conclusive proof that GMOs are safe? I think that is a better way to look out for the health of Canadians.
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Look Beyond Your Own Fridge on World Health Day

On World Health Day, I feel especially protective of the millions of children around the world whose circumstances force them to consume food and water that puts their health and lives at risk. I see that the World Health Organization has picked "Food Safety" as this year's theme for the day, and can understand why.
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Something is Fishy at Costco

Most Canadians would be surprised to learn that many small and medium-sized food companies do not have a functional food safety program in place. Many don't know how to create a food safety program. Far too many can't identify the top three hazards they must contend with or how these hazards should be controlled.
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Be Street Smart When Eating from Food Trucks

Food trucks offer unique and tasty culinary experiences and have become a part of the cultural heritage in the cities they serve. Market trends have clearly established that the food truck phenomenon is here to stay. Eating from a street vendor can be a satisfying and a delicious experience... provided you're street smart enough to choose the right truck.
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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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Halal Meat May Be Processed Differently, But Is it Safer?

Food processed in concordance with Muslim dietary laws is called Halal. Today, halal meat is largely produced in commercial slaughterhouses staffed by specially trained Muslim workers who conduct the actual slaughter and supervise the subsequent processing. But the focus of halal is on ensuring spiritual purity rather than science-based cleanliness, so buying halal food does not guarantee your food will be safe.