Foodborne Illness

Eating Local Can Help Avoid This Parasite

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.16.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

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.

9 Things You Need To Know About Food Poisoning (Including The Signs)

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living

Now that spring is solidly here, we can think about having picnics and cooking meat on the grill. But we should also consider how we’ll do all these...

Invite Friends, Not Microbial Menaces, to Your Holiday Party

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.16.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

As we say goodbye to the warmth of the fall and hello to winter, our thoughts turn to the season known as the holidays. We will undoubtedly hear of and be invited to a number of work parties, family gatherings, and social soirees. But while these moments may lead to our hearts being comforted, for many this season, another sensation may occur: gastrointestinal upset.

You'll Get Sick Less If You Spend More Time in the Great Outdoors

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.01.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

Our efforts to stay clean have hampered us, leaving us with no opportunity for continual exposure to those lower levels of bacteria. As a result, when we do come into contact with them -- such as eating contaminated food -- we tend to have an increased chance of becoming ill.

You're Most Likely to Get Food Poisoned at a Restaurant

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Each year, nearly 50 million Americans fall ill from contaminated food, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH). Harmful bacteria are the most common cause of foodborne illness. Symptoms can range from mild irritation to severe reactions, including stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and dehydration.

The Riskiest Meats For Foodborne Illness

CP | Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | Posted 06.23.2013 | Canada Living

WASHINGTON - An analysis of more than 33,000 cases of foodborne illness shows that ground beef and chicken have caused more hospitalizations than othe...

Quick Study: 10 Foods With Pathogen Risks

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 12.04.2012 | Canada Living

Your juicy burger may look tasty, but what's actually in it? This year alone, there have been over 477 food recalls in Canada, including one the bi...

The Top Five Food Germs Battle it Out

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.26.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Researchers took a selection of 14 foodborne pathogens and compared them based on the number of illness caused, the number of hospitalizations, the cost of illness and what's known as the cost to a person's quality of life. One by one, the pathogens demonstrated their abilities and slowly, several started to emerge from the rest of the pack, leaving a top five.