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Health Canada clears ground beef irradiation

Fresh and frozen ground beef treated with irradiation can now be sold in Canada, the federal health department announced Wednesday. Health Canada has published regulations in the Canada Gazette which add fresh and frozen ground beef to the short list of irradiated foods, such as potatoes, onions, spices and flour, that are permitted for sale, […] Read more



U.S. blocks Hamilton crush plant’s canola meal

Winnipeg | Reuters –– The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) halted a shipment of canola meal on Dec. 1 from a Bunge plant in Hamilton, Ont. because it appeared to contain salmonella bacteria, FDA records show. Salmonella can cause food-borne illness in humans. However, canola meal is mainly shipped to the U.S. for use […] Read more

Peanut company CEO sentenced for salmonella outbreak

Albany, Ga.| Reuters –– The former owner of Peanut Corporation of America was sentenced in federal court on Monday to 28 years in prison for his role in a salmonella outbreak linked to nine deaths. In a rare case of criminal prosecution linked to food contamination, Stewart Parnell, the former owner of Peanut Corporation of […] Read more


Interprovincial salmonella outbreak tied to chicks

Federal and Alberta provincial health and veterinary officials are probing almost three dozen cases of salmonella poisoning across three provinces, tied to handling of live baby chickens. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said Monday it’s so far investigating 17 cases of illness in people in Alberta, 13 in British Columbia and four in […] Read more