food safety

Journalists can help debunk food misconceptions

The relationship many of us have with food is a lot like one we would have with a spouse, family member or friend. It can make us feel joy and inspire great passions – but can also evoke feelings of sadness, disappointment or guilt. We interact with it every day of our lives on many […]

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Canadian farmers evoke consumer confidence

Canadians generally feel good about our food and the farmers who produce it, says a new study recently completed by Ipsos Reid. And although they are concerned about the economy and climate change, they’re confident in the safety of our meat, milk and eggs.

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AgendaCamp: culinary tourism needs money, co-ordination

Money and co-ordinated leadership. Those are two things that are needed to bring culinary tourism to the next level in Ontario, say a group of participants who discussed this topic at TVO’s AgendaCamp in Kingston today.

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Consumer habits change post-listeriosis

Last summer’s listeriosis outbreak has changed some Canadians’ eating habits, suggests a new survey by the University of Guelph. Almost 40 percent of consumers surveyed say they never eat ready-to-eat meats at home, up from only six percent from before the outbreak. And 56 percent say they never eat ready-to-eat-meat products in fast food outlets […]

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Meeting Ontario’s unsung heros

There are days when I really love my job. And today was one of them. I was in Vineland, Ontario today as part of a series of spokesperson training sessions that my organization, AGCare, has been hosting together with the Ontario Farm Animal Council and our facilitator, media guru Wallace Pidgeon of Brick and Ball […]

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Canadian e.coli vaccine approved

Food safety in Canada received a boost today with the announcement that an e.coli vaccine with the potential to reduce risk to human health has been approved for use in Canada. Econiche, a livestock vaccine that greatly reduces the shedding of e.coli O157:H7 by beef and dairy cattle, is now available to Canadian farmers.

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Bringing traceability to Ontario’s food

This post sort of links in to my post earlier today about food labelling – but certainly to the bigger issue that has been on the minds of many Canadians recently: where does my food come from? The listeria outbreak that has claimed 19 lives so far in Canada, coupled with China’s tainted milk powder […]

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Country of origin on food labels?

Just read in the paper this morning that American shoppers will soon see more foods at the grocery store labelled with country of origin. That’s good news for anyone who has ever wondered where things actually come from – and with each international food scare, like the latest tainted milk powder scandal from China, more […]

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The double standard on listeria

How serious is the government really about protecting consumers in wake of the listeria outbreak that has been plaguing Canada? Right now, I’m not convinced they really mean it. They recently announced tough new measures that now require Canadian companies that produce ready to eat meats to disassemble and aggressively clean their meat slicers to […]

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A cattle vaccine with human health benefit – who should pay?

The following article was first published in Ontario Beef Farmer magazine, July 2008: It sickens thousands of people every year, killing some and leaving others with permanent health damage. But it doesn’t affect the animals that harbour and shed the bacteria, making the disease invisible to farmers. Now, a new, made-in-Canada cattle vaccine to reduce […]

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Only radiation rids fruit, veg of e.coli?

Irraditating food may be the only way of killing the bacteria in your food. Washing fresh fruits and vegetables – a tried and true method for generations – may not be enough to rid them of bacteria like e.coli that cause food poisoning, even if using chlorine disinfectants. E. coli, salmonella and listeria can all […]

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