Photo: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Photo: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Leafy greens usually have crisp green leaves and stalks, and should be eaten raw or lightly cooked to preserve the nutrients.

Popular types of leafy greens include:

  • lettuce
  • arugula
  • bok choy
  • spinach

Because leafy greens are often eaten raw, they can be a source of food poisoning.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) released the results of a survey (starting from 2008/2009) of 4,250 domestic and imported, whole and fresh-cut fresh leafy vegetable samples in the Canadian market for Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, E. coli O157:NM, generic E. coli, and Listeria monocytogenes.

  • The 2009/2010 study deemed 12 samples to be “unsatisfactory” due to the presence of Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, and/or high levels of generic E. coli.
    • None of the samples were found to be positive for E. coli O157:H7 or E. coli O157:NM.
    • All unsatisfactory samples were subject to food safety investigations and further directed sampling.
      • As a result of this survey, two products were recalled.
      • No illnesses were associated with consumption of any of the products.
  • The recent, overall finding of this survey is that more than 99.9 per cent of leafy green vegetable samples had no detectable levels of bacterial pathogens and were safe to consume.
    • Therefore, the vast majority of leafy green vegetables in the Canadian market are produced and handled under good agricultural and manufacturing practices.
    • However, vegetable contamination with E. coli, Listeria or Salmonella could sporadically occur.

During the five-year plan, over 10,000 leafy vegetable samples have been collected and tested for the presence of pathogens.

  • Further results will be released as lab tests are analyzed.

Consumers should follow these safety tips when choosing to purchase and consume leafy green vegetables at Healthy Canadians.

NEWS RELEASE

Over 99.9% of fresh leafy green vegetables tested had no detectable pathogens

CFIA tests over 4,000 samples

April 11, 2014 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Food Inspection Agency

As part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) routine testing of various food products, a survey released today found that more than 99.9 per cent of leafy green vegetable samples had no detectable levels of bacterial pathogens and were safe to consume.

As part of a five-year microbiological plan that began in 2008/2009, the CFIA analyzed a total of 4,250 domestic and imported, whole and fresh-cut fresh leafy vegetable samples available in the Canadian market for Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, E. coli O157:NM and generic E. coli. The fresh-cut samples were also tested for Listeria monocytogenes.

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This video presents “Mayor’s Trophy – Cricket 2011 Sunnybrook Park Toronto.”

CIBC Trophy – Mayor’s School Cricket Launch

Thursday, April 10

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Remarks: 10:30 a.m.

Cabbagetown Youth Centre, 2 Lancaster Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Ward 9 York West), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee, will launch the CIBC Trophy/Mayor’s School Cricket 2014 Tournament in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and recognize last year’s winning teams.
    • The 2014 tournament in Toronto will be held May 12 to 16 at Eglinton Flats Park, G. Ross Lord Park and Sunnybrook Park.
    • Divisional championships will also be held in Mississauga, Brampton and Markham from May 12-28, 2014.
    • The GTA (Greater Toronto Area) School Cricket finals will be at Brampton Soccer Centre (1495 Sandalwood Parkway East, Brampton, Ontario) on May 31, which will have the following itinerary:
      • Welcome/Opening Ceremony/speeches: 9.00 am – 9.30 am
      • Games begin: 9.30 am
      • Closing ceremony: Awards presentation: 5.30 pm.

This video presents “The Coach”, featuring Colin Mochrie and The Second City.”

  • To support the launch of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games volunteer program and showcase the dedication and commitment of volunteers, TORONTO 2015 enlisted the support of Colin Mochrie, improv icon/Canadian treasure and The Second City, Toronto.

“Volunteers will be the heart of the Games as we welcome the Pan Americas to our diverse and vibrant region in the summer of 2015. Do you have what it takes to join us?”

Ontario wants to recruit approximately 20,000 volunteers to support the 10,000 athletes, officials, spectators and the expected 250,000 visitors to Canada’s largest-ever multi-sport event, the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games (TO2015).

Toronto will host the Pan Am Games, July 10-26, and the Parapan Am Games, Aug. 7-15, 2015 in municipalities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

The benefits for being a volunteer of the 2015 Games include:
Read more of By Volunteering for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games You Get Certain Ontario Benefits

Ontario Heritage Trust of Canada “invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.”

  • From May to October 2014, “communities open the doors to some of Ontario’s most intriguing and charming heritage sites. “
  • Admission is FREE!

Please click here to see at a glance what Doors Open Ontario events are happening throughout 2014.

Doors Open Toronto. Photo: City of Toronto

Doors Open Toronto. Photo: City of Toronto

Doors Open Toronto

On May 24 & 25, the 15th annual Doors Open Toronto will offer FREE access to 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.

  • The theme for this year’s event is Secrets and Spirits … Exploring the Mysteries Behind the Door.
  • Doors Open Toronto is dedicated to built heritage, architecture and design, attracting more than two million visits to nearly 600 locations throughout Toronto since its inception (2000).
  • It is Canada’s largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world.

Here are some highlights of Doors Open Toronto.

Read more of You’re Invited: Doors Open Ontario May 3 – October 18; Doors Open Toronto May 24 & 25, 2014

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.)

Industry is recalling various products containing Organic Black Peppercorns from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella bacteria contamination.

  • Consumers should not consume the recalled products described in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) advisory below.
  • This recall was triggered by a recall in the United States by Frontier Natural Products Co-op.

Other details of this recall are as follows.

Read more of Health Hazard Alert: Various Organic Black Peppercorns Recalled

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

La Cie McCormick Canada is voluntarily recalling Thai Kitchen brand Thai Peanut Microwave Rice Noodles & Sauce as the product may contain a packaging defect or may have been processed in a manner that allows the presence of spoilage microorganisms.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Thai Kitchen Thai Peanut Microwave Rice Noodles & Sauce 168 g BB/MA 2015SE04 VL02 737628117512

Other details of this recall are as follows.

Read more of Health Hazard Alert: Thai Kitchen Brand ‘Thai Peanut Microwave Rice Noodles & Sauce’ is Recalled

Photo: CFIA

Photo: CFIA

Did you know that cantaloupe is at greater risk of contamination because of its unique netted rind? The spaces between the netting can trap bacteria and make them harder to remove.

A total of 499 whole cantaloupe samples were collected and tested for Salmonella. One sample was found to be unsatisfactory due to the presence of Salmonella bacteria.

  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) initiated a food safety investigation as a result of this unsatisfactory result, which led to a product recall (currently available at Library and Archives Canada).
  • No illnesses associated with the consumption of any of this product were reported.

CFIA’s targeted survey focused on Salmonella and represents part of the collection of over 3,500 cantaloupe samples over five years (2008/2009 – 2012/2013).

  • 99.8 per cent of whole cantaloupe samples tested negative for the presence of Salmonella.

“The vast majority of cantaloupes in the Canadian market are produced and handled under good agricultural and manufacturing practices. However, cantaloupe contamination with Salmonella could sporadically occur. Consumers should follow these safety tips when choosing to purchase and consume cantaloupes and other melons.”

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

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NEWS RELEASE

More than 99% of whole cantaloupe samples negative for Salmonella

Food Safety Action Plan targeted survey

April 4, 2014 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Food Inspection Agency

As part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) routine testing of various food products, a study released today found that 99.8 per cent of whole cantaloupe samples tested negative for the presence of Salmonella.

A total of 499 whole cantaloupe samples were collected and tested for Salmonella bacteria, which can cause a serious illness with long-lasting effects. One sample was found to be unsatisfactory due to the presence of Salmonella. The CFIA initiated a food safety investigation as a result of this unsatisfactory result, which led to a product recall (currently available at Library and Archives Canada). No illnesses associated with the consumption of any of this product were reported.

Read more of CFIA Survey Results: 99.8 Per Cent of Whole Cantaloupe Samples Tested Negative for Salmonella