This video presents “New health and safety labels on beef to prevent bacterial food poisoning.”

  • “Mechanically tenderized beef now ID’d with sticker indicating cooking temp of 63 C.”

Mechanically Tenderized Beef (MTB): Greater Risk of E. coli O157 Bacteria Contamination from MTB Products When Compared to Intact Cuts of Beef

Here is Health Canada’s explanation.

In 2012, 18 cases of foodborne illness caused by Escherichia coli O157 (E. coli O157) were reported as part of a Canadian outbreak associated with contaminated beef.

  • During the food safety investigation following the outbreak, five cases were considered to be likely associated with the consumption of beef that had been mechanically tenderized at the retail level.

Mechanical tenderization of meat is a practice that has been used by processors, food services and retailers for many years to improve the tenderness and flavour of beef.

  • The process of mechanically tenderizing meat involves using instruments such as needles or blades to break-down, penetrate or pierce its surface disrupting the muscle fibers, or injecting it with a marinade or tenderizing solution.
  • It is not necessarily apparent by just looking at a mechanically tenderized meat product that it has undergone this process.

In general, the internal temperature of a steak or other solid cut of beef is not a significant concern given that any harmful bacteria that may be present would normally be on the surface of the meat and would be inactivated during cooking.

  • However, when steaks and beef cuts are mechanically tenderized, there is a potential for bacteria to be transferred from the surface to the centre of the meat.
  • Therefore, there may be an increased risk to consumers from MTB.

In May 2013, Health Canada completed a health risk assessment specifically focused on E. coli O157 in MTB (Catford et al., 2013).

  • The results of the assessment showed a five-fold increase in risk from MTB products when compared to intactFootnote 1 cuts of beef.
  • The assessment also noted that without labels, it is difficult for Canadians to identify which beef products have been mechanically tenderized.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose recently announced the following new labelling requirements for mechanically tenderized beef (MTB) to help consumers know when they are buying MTB products and how to cook them:

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Due to Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results, Roy Pope and Sons is recalling Belleisle Farms brand cole slaw from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes bacteria contamination.

  • Consumers should not consume the recalled product.

Please click here for the description and photo of the recalled product in Canada.

  • There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

The other details of this recall are as follows.

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Above, CFIA's Electron Microscope Image of Salmonella bacteria. (In reality Salmonella is not pink; the pink colour is added as visual aid.)

Above, CFIA’s Electron Microscope Image of Salmonella bacteria. (In reality Salmonella is not pink; the pink colour is added as visual aid.)

UPDATE – Correction: The food recall warning issued on August 19, 2014 has been amended to correctly identify the affected codes for the MaraNatha brand almond butter and peanut butter products. Please click here to view the corrections for these products, which are marked by an asterisk (*).

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reported that this recall was triggered by a recall in another country.

  • Canadian industry is recalling MaraNatha and Trader Joe’s brands almond butters and peanut butters from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella bacteria contamination.
    • Consumers should not consume the recalled products.

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

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

The other details of this recall are as follows.

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Here are some great, FREE events happening this weekend in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

This video presents “Wheels on the Danforth 2014 Commercial.”

  • This is an annual street festival, taking place on August 16th.

wheels-on-the-danforth

Wheels on the Danforth Street Festival

FREE Admission

August 16, 2014
11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Crossroads of Danforth Avenue and Danforth Road
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“Wheels on the Danforth is truly a community event, jammed with family fun activities.

Crossroads of the Danforth BIA hosts Toronto’s only on the street judged Car show which features an amazing assortment of Classics, Exotics, Tuners, Muscle Cars, Hot Rods, and Motorcycles all lined up on the closed section of Danforth Avenue and Danforth Road.”

Crossroads of the Danforth BIA (Business Improvement Area)
http://wheelsonthedanforth.ca/about-festival/

  • Also, there will be various activities.
    • The evening Tuner show which will feature the popular Tuner limbo contest.
    • The local cycle groups.
      • Join TO35Cycles Ride to the event.
      • They’ll even provide valet parking – for your bike.
      • Demonstrations and booths promoting safe riding on Toronto streets.
    • A variety of vendors and artisans in the Market Place with lots of things to see and buy.
    • Food vendors will be joining the local restaurants out on the street to serve you a variety of great food while you enjoy the cars and entertainment.
    • The main stage will be located at the corner of Danforth Avenue and Danforth Road.
      • Throughout the afternoon and evening, talented Emerging Artists and featured bands from the community will be performing.
      • Festival goers can grab a drink in our beer garden and enjoy the show.
    • Free Kid’s Zone: located in Oakridge Park.
      • There will be lots of rides and bouncy castles.
      • Children’s and family programming will be happening throughout the day.
    • Electronic Street Dance Party to end the night.
  • Road closures on Saturday, August 16 from 7 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.:

York-Eglinton International Street Festival

FREE Admission

Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Eglinton Ave. West (from Marlee Ave. to Dufferin St.)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Phone: (416) 789-1835

Email: info@yorkbia.com

“York-Eglinton Business Improvement Area (BIA) is proud to host our 7th Annual International Street Festival on Eglinton Avenue West!

Our neighbourhood street party is the largest festival in the North York Community. An ideal event for families with activity for kids of all ages, live music and dancing, performances, rides, games and a tasty selection of International foods.”

York-Eglinton BIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reports that Select Food Products Ltd.’s “Newman’s Own” brand salad dressings – two types – are recalled due to spoilage.

  • Recall Classification: 3.
    • Class 3“ is a situation in which the use of, or exposure to, a violative product is not likely to cause any adverse health consequences.
  • These affected products were sold nationally.

Please click here for more info about this recall.

Read more of CFIA Notification: Newman’s Own Brand Salad Dressings are Recalled

Electron Microscope Image of Ebola Virus: Image extracted from abc News video “Ebola Outbreak: Epidemic ‘Out of Control’.” (In reality, Ebola is not blue and/or white. Colours are added as visual aids.)

Electron Microscope Image of Ebola Virus: Image extracted from abc News video “Ebola Outbreak: Epidemic ‘Out of Control’.” (In reality, Ebola is not blue and/or white. Colours are added as visual aids.)

This is an update to the previous blog, Patient is in Isolation and Being Tested For Contagious Ebola Virus Disease: Ontario, Canada.

Brampton Civic Hospital tested a patient who recently travelled to Canada from West Africa and presented with symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle pain and malaise.

  • The patient was found to test negative for Ebola virus disease.
  • Also, the patient is doing well.

This is good news!

NEWS RELEASE

Statement by Ontario Health Minister on a Patient Testing Negative For Ebola Virus Disease in Ontario

August 10, 2014 4:50 A.M.
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Today Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, issued the following statement on a patient testing negative for Ebola Virus Disease in Ontario:

“I can now confirm a recent case that underwent testing at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg was found to test negative for Ebola virus disease.

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