Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is recalling Dole Live Right brand Double Dark Chocolate Bites due to mould.

Please click here for a description of the affected product.

Other details of the recall are as follows. Read more of Health Hazard Alert: Dole Live Right Brand Double Dark Chocolate Bites are Recalled

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

This is an update tot the previous blog, Health Hazard Alert: Nha Trang Deli Inc. Brand Beef Balls are Recalled. (First list of recalled Nha Trang Deli Inc. Brand Beef Balls.)

Nha Trang Deli Inc. is recalling Beef Balls from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

  • Consumers should not consume the recalled product.

Please click here for the second list of recalled Nha Trang Deli Inc. brand Beef Balls.

Other details of the recall are as follows. Read more of Second List of Recalled Nha Trang Deli Inc. Brand Beef Balls

The following video presents Colonel Sam Smith Outdoor Skating Trail:

Colonel Sam Smith Skating Trail is Toronto’s first and only outdoor skating trail and it’s located right here in Etobicoke! The outdoor trail is 250 metres long and is formed into a unique figure-eight shape. There is an open area that is connected to the trail that provides a spot for those learning how to skate.

http://365etobicoke.com/

Colonel Sam Smith Park ice skating trail

Colonel Sam Smith Park ice skating trail

The City of Toronto is opening 15 outdoor rinks today.

  • Weather permitting, 15 outdoor rinks will open on Saturday, November 22 and operate until the season ends on March 22.

The 36 other outdoor rinks will open Saturday, November 29 and operate until February 22.

Public Skating is FREE and Shinny Hockey is FREE at all outdoor rinks.

More information about Toronto’s outdoor artificial ice rinks, including a map of rink locations, schedules for each location, closures, learn-to-skate programs and helmet/equipment requirements, is available at http://bit.ly/1gBZ6kX.

Enjoy! / Amusez-vous!

NEWS RELEASE

November 21, 2014

City of Toronto opening 15 outdoor rinks this weekend

The City of Toronto is opening 15 outdoor rinks tomorrow, including Nathan Phillips Square, the new, covered rink and skating path at Greenwood Park, and the ice-skating trail at Colonel Samuel Smith Park. It’s time for Torontonians to lace up their skates and enjoy a outdoor skating season.

Weather permitting, 15 outdoor rinks will open on Saturday, November 22 and operate until the season ends on March 22.

The 36 other outdoor rinks will open Saturday, November 29 and operate until February 22.

More information about Toronto’s outdoor artificial ice rinks, including a map of rink locations, schedules for each location, closures, learn-to-skate programs and helmet/equipment requirements, is available at http://bit.ly/1gBZ6kX.

City of Toronto skating programs include: Read more of You’re Invited: Toronto’s Outdoor Skating Rinks for Skating & Shinny Hockey Open Nov.22, 2014

This video presents Man Killed As E-Cigarette ‘Explodes’, Merseyside Fire Service Says.

  • “Man Killed As E-Cigarette ‘Explodes’, Merseyside Fire Service Says- 09 August 2014A man was killed when a charging e-cigarette exploded and ignited oxygen equipment he is believed to have been using, Merseyside’s fire service said.”
  • Merseyside Fire Service is located in the United Kingdom.

 https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/electronic_cigarettes.pdf

Image by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of USA. https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/electronic_cigarettes.pdf

Quebec Portal

NEWS RELEASE

E-cigarettes and Oxygen Therapy: Risk of Fire and Explosion

MONTRÉAL, Nov. 21, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ – Dr. Richard Massé, director of public health for Montréal, held a press briefing today. With him were Captains Sylvain Sévigny and Éris Tisseur of the City of Montréal’s fire department. As a result of an incident that occurred last week, Dr. Massé has issued recommendations for people on oxygen therapy who use e-cigarettes. This is the first case of this kind in Canada.

Reported incident
Montréal’s public health department was informed of an incident involving a patient on oxygen therapy who was the victim of a fire caused by the use of an e-cigarette. The director of public health asked his team to investigate in order to assess the situation and determine the circumstances in which the incident happened. Findings showed that the use of e-cigarettes by people receiving oxygen therapy can be associated with a risk of fire and explosion. Dr. Massé concluded there was a need for public recommendations.

Recommendations
The following safety measures should be applied when handling or using home or portable oxygen therapy equipment: Read more of Using E-cigarettes While Receiving Oxygen Therapy Can Be Associated with a Risk of Fire and Explosion

Due to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results, Nha Trang Deli Inc. is recalling Beef Balls from the marketplace because there is possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

  • Consumers should not consume the recalled product.

Please click here for the description and photo of the affected product.

Other details of the recall are as follows. Read more of Health Hazard Alert: Nha Trang Deli Inc. Brand Beef Balls are Recalled

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is recalling Les Aliments Unifood Inc. brand Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast due to pieces of wood.

Please click here for a description of the affected product.

Other details of the recall are as follows. Read more of Health Hazard Alert: Les Aliments Unifood Inc. Brand Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast is Recalled

Above is  a map of the Avian Flu Human World Summary. Image by CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). http://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/avianflu/avian-flu-human-world-summary.pdf

Above is a map of the Avian Flu Human World Summary. Image by CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). http://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/avianflu/avian-flu-human-world-summary.pdf

Wild Bird Influenza Survey is part of Canada’s avian influenza prevention and preparedness strategy.

To provide baseline information about the strains and distribution of influenza viruses in Canadian wild ducks and to respond to the emergence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) type H5N1 in Asia, Europe, and Africa, Canada’s Interagency Wild Bird Influenza Survey was initiated in July 2005.

E. Jane Parmley, Nathalie Bastien, […], and Frederick A. Leighton

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2600159/

Here are some Avian influenza facts from the Government of Manitoba:

  • Wild birds, particularly ducks and geese, have carried influenza viruses for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years.
  • Wild birds may carry avian influenza without any signs of disease.  These birds can spread the disease to other birds, including domestic poultry.
  • Although avian influenza in humans is rare, humans in Asia and Europe have become ill with avian influenza.
  • There has been little, if any human-to-human transmission of the disease.  Most people have become ill through direct, or close, contact with infected birds.
  • Scientists are monitoring avian influenza to detect any changes that could potentially cause a pandemic.  It is not known if the next pandemic would come from this avian influenza or another source.
  • Fully cooking domestic and wild poultry products, such as chicken, turkey, ducks, geese and eggs, will kill harmful viruses, including the avian influenza virus.

This video presents

News coverage from Asia and Europe has reported extensively on the H5N1 influenza virus that has infected both wild and domestic birds. In some cases, it has also spread from infected birds to people causing severe illness or death. For domestic poultry, this form of H5N1 is considered a highly pathogenic virus, meaning it is very contagious and deadly for birds. It is extremely rare for people to get avian influenza. Although some people with very close contact with birds have contracted the virus, the disease has not spread easily from person to person, if at all.

http://www.gov.mb.ca/influenza/avian/overview.html

Canadians can help to guard Canada’s farmed birds and flocks against the introduction of disease by reporting sightings of dead wild birds to the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC) at 1-866-544-4744.

  • While the risk of infection with avian influenza is extremely low, members of the public should avoid handling dead birds.

NEWS RELEASE

Wild bird survey is underway

Canada is tracking influenza viruses circulating in its wild bird population

November 5, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Food Inspection Agency

The Government of Canada is asking Canadians for help to guard Canada’s farmed birds and flocks against the introduction of disease.

Every year live and dead wild birds are tested as part of the Wild Bird Influenza Survey. The survey, in its tenth year, is an important part of Canada’s avian influenza prevention and preparedness strategy. Read more of Wild Bird Influenza Survey: Calling Canadians to Help Protect Farmed Birds and Flocks