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Tainted Burgers At Loblaws?

OTTAWA - Four cases of E. coli infection have prompted a recall of frozen hamburgers across the country.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Loblaw Companies Ltd. are warning the public to avoid ce...

Celebrating World Animal Month by Learning Lessons from XL Beef Recall

Since 2004, the XL plant has gone from slaughtering 2,400 cows per day to 4,000. It should be no surprise that many workers have been decrying the massive increase in production line speed. Not only does speeding up production lines have terrible consequences for animal welfare, such as failing to properly stun animals before slaughter, it may also have serious consequences for food safety in this country.
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USDA Doesn't Want Tainted Meat Spoiling Trade

Next week will be the first Canadian check USDA has conducted in over three years and it comes in the middle of the Canada's biggest meat recall in history, so this portends to be a big deal. The fact that Canada has not had an audit visit in over three years immediately sent red flags up for me. It was another example of how Canada has received special treatment from USDA over the years that I believe can jeopardize the health and safety of U.S. consumers. With that as a historical backdrop and with the massive XL Foods recalls still on everyone's minds, what are the Canadian and U.S. governments proposing? Deregulation of the border inspection system. Food safety is not an area that should be deregulated. History dictates that we should strengthen and not weaken the food safety inspection system. Trade should not trump food safety.
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SavvyMom Roundup: Mean Daddies and the Yahoo! Baby

Well it's been a busy week in parenting news. Consumers are up in arms about meat, the Yahoo! baby was finally born, Canada's got its first official Mom of the Year, and the mommy blogs are all over one mean daddy. I also saw a very interesting and entertaining product sent to the office this week -- I just had to share.
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Beef Recall and the Grim Reality of our Food System

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?
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Another Helping Of Recalls

OTTAWA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency made dozens of additions on Sunday to its list of possibly contaminated beef products which came from an Alberta plant.The CFIA has made the list of stores...
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E. Coli Warning For No Name Products

OTTAWA - The threat of E. coli has prompted federal health authorities to issue a warning about certain no name beef burgers and beef steakettes sold at Loblaws stores.The burgers are in a 1.36 kilogr...