Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Due to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results, Jan K Overweel Ltd. is recalling certain Italian cheeses - Luigi Guffanti 1876 Brand Burrata di Corato and Vecchia Malga Brand Burratina -  from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes bacteria contamination.

  • Consumers should not consume the recalled products.

Please click here for the description and photos of the recalled products.

  • There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

The other details of this recall are as follows.

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Wawona Packing Company of California, USA, is recalling Sweet 2 Eat brand fresh, whole peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes bacteria contamination.

Please click here for the description and photos of the recalled products in Canada.

  • There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

The other details of this recall are as follows.

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This video presents “Young Entrepreneurs can get up to $3,000 with Summer Company.”

You too, can turn your idea into a business with SUMMER COMPANY and you could get up to $3,000 to start it! If you are between the age of 15-29, APPLY TODAY.

Our most recent video featuring some participants from Summer Company program discussing how the program works, how they found success and what they have taken away from the experience.

The Youth Jobs Strategy involves four programs that are focused on helping youth aged 15-29 get the support they need to gain valuable workplace training and experience.

  1. The Youth Employment Fund
    • If you are unemployed, not in school full-time and between 15 and 29, Ontario will do more to help you connect with employers and get a job placement of four to six months.
    • Ontario will provide incentives to employers to help cover the cost of wages and training for new hires and help youth cover costs like transportation or tools required for the job.
    • Youth and employers can apply online now to Employment Ontario’s Employment Service.
  2. The Youth Entrepreneurship Fund
    Read more of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy: Four Programs Help Canadians Aged 15-29 Get Training & Experience

This video presents “Canada. Summer. Go.”

  • “Many more awesome activities await you this summer.”

“Canada’s Parks Day is an annual event where thousands of people participate in fun, educational, family-oriented events in parks and Historic Sites across the country. Many activities highlight the important role that parks play in maintaining healthy and resilient ecosystems, protecting critical habitat for species-at-risk and contributing to human health and well-being.”

The Canadian Parks Council
http://www.parks-parcs.ca/english/cpc/parksday.php#

For the Canada’s Parks Day Event, please click on the following links:

In 2013, Parks Canada and Google collaborated to document many of Canada’s most iconic national heritage places through the unique panoramic lens of Google Street View.

  • “2013 marks the first year Google’s new “Trekker” Street View backpack was used in Canada.
  • Capable of going anywhere a person can hike, the Trekker is the work-horse of the Parks Canada-Google collaboration, allowing Google to document a wide range of features within Canada’s national heritage places including back country hikes, front country day use trails, campgrounds, the many nooks and crannies of historic properties, and even along the fortification walls of historic battlements.”
  • Please click here to take a Street View tour of a Parks Canada location:
    1. zoom in closer to the location’s marker;
    2. drag the “Pegman” over the map to reveal the blue-coloured Street View trajectories ready for you to explore.

Looking for a way to spend Parks Day? Explore these Featured Experiences.

Please click here for more info about the National Parks of Canada.

NEWS RELEASE

Celebrate Canada’s Parks Day 2014

Ontario Government Encourages Families to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

July 18, 2014 6:00 a.m.
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Ontario provincial parks are celebrating Canada’s Parks Day on July 19 by offering a range of special events and activities.

It’s a time to explore and enjoy the benefits that parks provide for people of all ages. Take in one of the many Canada’s Parks Day events across Ontario where you can:

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This video presents “Canada’s Meat Industry – The Canadian Advantage.”

Canada’s meat industry includes the following profitable items:

  • Beef and Veal
    • By 2014, there were 12.215 million cattle and calves on approximately 82,665 Canadian farms and ranches.
      • Alberta accounts for approximately 42% of this inventory.
    • Farm cash receipts from the sale of cattle and calves in 2013 totalled $6.8 billion, 12.4% of total farm receipts.
    • Canada’s beef and veal exports increased by 2.9% from 2012 to 278,966 tonnes in 2013, valued at $1.33 billion.
    • Exports to the United States, China, Hong Kong, Japan and Mexico.
      • The United States is the major export market for Canadian beef accounting for approximately 71% of exports.
      • In 2013, over 1 million head of cattle were exported to the United States for breeding, feeding and processing with feeder cattle exports making up a larger proportion of the trade.
      • In 2013 feeder cattle exports to the US represented 35% of the live trade, up from 21% in 2012.
  • Pork
    • By 2014, there were 12.745 million hogs on approximately 7,090 farms.
    • Farm cash receipts from the sale of slaughter hogs in 2013 totalled $4.1 billion, 7.5% of total farm receipts.
    • In addition, 735,500 head went to processing facilities in the United States and 4.17 million head of isowean/weaner/feeder hogs went for feeding and finishing on United States farms.
    • Exports to the United States, Japan and China.
      • Exports of pork and pork products to all countries are estimated at $3.2 billion in 2013.
      • Processed pork sales totalled an estimated 71,811 tonnes in 2013 with the United States being the dominant purchaser (44.5%).
  • Lamb and Mutton
    • By 2014, there were 893,000 sheep and lambs on approximately 10,111 farms.
    • Canadian sheep production is mostly located in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta (73%).
    • Farm cash receipts for sheep and lambs in 2013 totalled $117.8 million, 0.2% of total farm receipts.
  • Goat, Rabbit, Horse
    • 225,461 goats on about 5,949 farms in Canada were reported in the 2011 Census of Agriculture, a growth of 27% within the last 5 years.
      • In Canada, the goat industry can be segmented into three distinct sectors: chevon (meat), dairy (milk) and fibre (mohair and cashmere).
  • Bison
    • 125,142 bison on about 1,211 farms in Canada according to the 2011 Census of Agriculture.
    • Bison production is primarily concentrated in the west, with 77% of the herd concentrated in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
    • Exports of bison meat are primarily to the US, but boneless product is also shipped to numerous countries in Europe, most notably France, Switzerland, Germany, and Italy.
  • Venison
    • 52,051 head of Canadian farm raised cervids (deer and elk) on about 952 farms were reported in the 2011 Census of Agriculture, a decrease of 55% within the last 5 years.
    • Elk are primarily farmed in western Canada and red deer in the eastern provinces.
    • Fallow deer, white-tailed deer and other cervid species are found throughout Canada.

With annual shipments worth $22.9 billion in 2013, the red meat industry is the largest sector of the Canadian food manufacturing industry.

  • Canada’s meat processing companies manufacture a wide variety of meat products ranging from fresh and frozen meat to processed, smoked, canned and cooked meats, as well as sausage and deli meats.
  • In addition to its red meat exports, Canada can provide halal-certified, kosher and organic meat and meat products.

This is an update to the previous blog, Canada Proposes Monetary Penalties in Food Safety Enforcement: Give Your Input Until March 22, 2014.

Today, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) can now issue Administrative Monetary Penalities (AMPs) to businesses that do not meet Canada’s meat safety requirements.

  • The new regulatory amendment expands Administrative Monetary Penalities (AMPs) to the Meat Inspection Act and the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency Inspector / Inspecteur de l'Agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments. Image extracted from video above / Image extraite de la vidéo ci-dessus.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Inspector / Inspecteur de l’Agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments. Image extracted from video above / Image extraite de la vidéo ci-dessus.

NEWS RELEASE

Harper Government Strengthens Food Safety Enforcement

Introduces monetary penalties for non-compliance with meat safety requirements

July 16, 2014 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Today, the Government of Canada is further strengthening Canada’s food safety system by allowing the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to issue monetary penalties to businesses that do not meet Canada’s meat safety requirements. The new regulatory amendment expands Administrative Monetary Penalities (AMPs) to the Meat Inspection Act and the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990.

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stratford summer music festival 2014

Over 200 artists in over 100 performances over 6 weeks of music, from July 14 – August 24, fill Stratford’s concert halls, restaurants and gardens with classical, folk, jazz and world music from around the world during Stratford Summer Music in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

  • The 14th annual festival launches with a spectacular FREE outdoor event complete with fireworks.

This video presents “TorQ Percussion Quartet plays Stinkin’ Garbage, by E.Argenziano.”

A major theme this year is percussion.

  • In recognition of this, Tom Patterson Island will be transformed to “Tom Percussion Island” for one week (July 14-20).
    • New instruments, all percussion, will be installed on the island for one week, free to be beaten, rattled, smashed, and shook by visitors.
  • TorQ, an Ontario-based percussion quartet, have been chosen as this year’s artists-in-residence.
    • They’ll be performing unannounced “pop-up” sessions throughout the season, largely in areas populated by young people.
    • They’ll also be holding a number of ticketed events, one of which will feature noted German percussionist/composer Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic, who will double as a guest lecturer at the TorQ Percussion seminar (July 25).

FREE outdoor concerts will take the stage on the Music Barge on the banks of the Avon River to suit every musical taste – from Quebec fiddling to meringue from the Dominican Republic, gypsy swing and pipes and drums.

View the festival schedule here.

Here is an itinerary of FREE or Pay-What-You-Can performances and events.

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

This is an update to the following previous blogs:

Additional product information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) food safety investigation.

  • Fromagerie Le Détour (2003) Inc. is recalling Citadelle and Grey Owl cheese from the marketplace because they may contain the toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria.
  • Consumers should not consume the recalled products.

Please click here for the fifth list of recalled goat cheese products.

  • There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

The other details of this recall are as follows.

Read more of Fifth List of Recalled Goat Cheese Products: Brands are Citadelle and Grey Owl Cheese