Shoppers Drug Mart is recalling From Our Chefs brand meat products sold at the Shoppers Drug Mart located at 1630 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, Ontario from the marketplace due to possible improper refrigeration.

  • Consumers should not consume the recalled products.

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Other details of the recall are as follows. Read more of Recalling ‘From Our Chefs’ Brand Meat Products Sold at Shoppers Drug Mart, 1630 Danforth, Toronto

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is recalling Délicia brand Artichoke Quarters due to presence of tin.

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Other details of the recall are as follows. Read more of Health Hazard Alert: Délicia Brand Artichoke Quarters are Recalled

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is recalling Greaves brand jam and marmalade products due to mould.

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Other details of the recall are as follows. Read more of Health Hazard Alert: Greaves Brand Jam and Marmalade Products are Recalled

This video presents Food Banks Canada: HungerCount 2014.

The HungerCount report is the only comprehensive study of food bank use in Canada.

It offers a snapshot of the people helped by food banks and other charitable food programs, looks at the causes of hunger and food insecurity, and offers recommendations to reduce hunger.

Who Banks on Food Banks in Canada? Infographic by the Put Food in the Budget campaign

Who Banks on Food Banks in Canada? Infographic by the Put Food in the Budget campaign

The Put Food in the Budget campaign provides these Basic Facts.

About 1.7 million people in Canada receive food from food banks each year:3

  • 841,191 people receive food from a food bank in Canada in an average month.4
  • 375,789 people receive food from a food bank in Ontario in an average month.5
  • 1,040,400 individual visits a year were reported by Daily Bread Food Bank member agencies in the Greater Toronto Area, averaging 86,700 visits permonth.6
  • 37% of the people who receive food from food banks are children.7

Food banks distribute about 200 million pounds of food each year in Canada.8

A single person on Ontario Works receives $656 per month.9

Income inequality has reached levels higher than at any time since the 1930s.10

The Put Food in the Budget campaign asks the following pertinent questions:

  • Why do governments and corporations like food banks?
  • Paying recipients enough social assistance to pay the rent and buy their own food makes much more sense than food bank dependency. Why won’t governments do this?
  • Again, when the result is so meagre, we must ask what is the real reason for these high-profile corporate charity campaigns?

Here are the eye-opening answers.

Read more of ‘Put Food in the Budget’ Campaign Reveals Reason for Governments & Corporations to Like Food Banks

This video presents Water Facts.

Fujifilm has established the internal guideline for the calculation of its water footprint (*1) for quantitatively assessing the amount of water consumed throughout a product’s lifecycle from procurement / manufacturing to sales and disposal.

Fujifilm will make use of this guideline to promote worldwide “visualization” of the environmental impact with respect to water resources over the lifecycle of products. The company will carry out environmentally-conscious product development, including material procurement by considering “water stressed areas” (*3), promoting proactive initiatives on the sustainable use and protection of limited water resources.

Sustainability Report 2014, page 49;  http://www.fujifilm.com/sustainability/report/pdf/index/ff_sr_2014_en_all.pdf

Water Stress Map: Mapping Fujifilm Group’s water usage into 2025 Water Stress Map (United Nations Environment Programme: UNEP). FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation Sustainability Report 2014, page 49; http://www.fujifilm.com/sustainability/report/pdf/index/ff_sr_2014_en_all.pdf

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Fujifilm establishes the guideline for the calculation of its water footprint

December 5, 2014

Fujifilm Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) has established the internal guideline for the calculation of its water footprint (*1) for quantitatively assessing the amount of water consumed throughout a product’s lifecycle from procurement / manufacturing to sales and disposal. The move complements the existing efforts to mitigate CO2 emissions, and reflects the company’s active initiative for environmentally-conscious product development, impact assessment and information disclosure in respect to water resources.

In recent years, the world has been experiencing, with increasing severity, water shortages and concerns around water pollution. Europe is moving towards including the issue of water resource depletion in the Environmental Footprint (*2), a set of pilot guidelines for assessing the environmental impacts of product over their lifecycle. With an international standard (ISO) on the environmental impact calculation method for water to be released in early 2015, there is a global demand for impact assessment and information disclosure with respect to water resources.

Supporting this social trend early on, Fujifilm began exploring methods for calculating water footprint precociously, and has compiled its findings into this guideline.

Fujifilm applies the “Design for Environment” rule when designing and developing all products. It quantitatively and objectively assesses the environmental impact for CO2 emissions throughout each product’s lifecycle. This guideline for the calculation of water footprint sets out the approach and specific methodology for calculating the amount of water consumption over the product’s lifecycle, based on the procedure for calculating CO2 lifecycle assessment as defined in the “Design for Environment” rule. It encompasses not only “quantity” but also “quality” of water (pollution level), which will be clarified in the process of international standardization. The new guideline incorporates specific cases of products and services, making it easy for product developers to adopt the guideline. Read more of Fujifilm’s Guideline for Calculation of its Water Footprint: Use & Protection of Water Resources

Did you know?

  • About one in every five people, around 1.3 billion people, in the world live in areas without electricity.
  • To light their rooms, they burn firewood, dung, or lamp oil. Smoke from such fuels, however, pollutes the air in their houses.
  • As a result, every year 1.9 million people die from inhaling smoke. This number exceeds deaths by malaria or TB (tuberculosis).
  • Collecting firewood takes a long time and destroys forests.
  • Absence of electricity thus causes serious social problems.

This video presents 100 Thousand Solar Lantern Project [Panasonic].

  • Panasonic’s “100 Thousand Solar Lantern Project” delivers “light” to people around the world living in areas without electricity.

Panasonic Corporation has launched the 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project, aiming to contribute 100,000 solar LED lanterns to people without access to electricity by 2018, the year of our 100th anniversary.

As our first step in this initiative, we donated 8,000 compact solar lights to non-profit, non-governmental and humanitarian organizations working to solve social challenges in Myanmar (3,000 units) and India (5,000 units), along with 2,000 lights to refugee camps in Africa in 2013.

Panasonic initiated “Cut Out the Darkness Project” to promote understanding of life in areas without electricity and their efforts to offer solar lanterns to people in those areas, the “100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project“.

In “Cut Out the Darkness” project, Panasonic calls for online entries of lantern shade designs.

  • They will produce lantern shades and send lanterns with those shades to people living without electricity.

This video presents Cut Out the Darkness | Intro.

  • Would you like to offer solar lanterns with your personally-designed shade to people living in areas without electricity?
  • Using contributed original designs, Panasonic will produce shades for solar lanterns which will be given to people living without electricity.
  • This project is one of Panasonic’s Sustainability initiatives.

Read more of Panasonic: Send in Your Solar Lantern’s Designs by Jan.31, 2015 for “Cut Out the Darkness”- Indonesia

Above, electron microscope image of E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. (In reality E. coli is not mauve; the mauve colour is added as visual aid.)

Above, electron microscope image of E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. (In reality E. coli is not mauve; the mauve colour is added as visual aid.)

Due to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results, Cargill Meat Solutions (Est. 700) is recalling Your Fresh Market brand ground beef products from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O157:H7 (a.k.a. E. coli O157) contamination.

  • Consumers should not consume the recalled products.

Please click here for the descriptions and photos of the affected products.

Other details of the recall are as follows. Read more of Health Hazard Alert: “Your Fresh Market” Brand Ground Beef Products are Recalled