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.

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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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turtle in pacific ocean

The following video presents “US Proposes Establishing World’s Largest Marine Sanctuary.”

  • “President Barack Obama recently proposed that the US establish the world’s largest marine sanctuary.
  • An area in the Pacific Ocean that lies between American Samoa and Hawaii has been selected, but specific boundaries have not been decided upon.
  • The proposed area would reportedly be adjacent to several U.S. controlled territories, and include 200 nautical miles of surrounding waters.
  • Under Obama’s plan that sanctuary would be expanded to include about three-quarters of million miles of ocean off limits to fishing, drilling and other activities that put the habitat in peril.
  • Before the expansion can be made official, the proposal must go through a period of review during which time the public can make comments.
  • Both the Department of Commerce and Department of the Interior will also conduct research into the plan to get a big picture of how closing the area to fishing will affect commercial activity.
  • At this time, about 3 percent of tuna legally caught by the US fishing industry comes from the central and western Pacific Ocean.”

Above, centre, is the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. Image by National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Above, centre, is the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. Image by National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“The White House’s Council on Environmental Quality said the waters in the south-central Pacific Ocean contain “some of the most pristine tropical marine environments in the world.

These tropical coral reefs and associated marine ecosystems are also among the most vulnerable areas to the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification,” the White House said in a statement.”

FoxNews.com
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/06/17/obama-will-reportedly-expand-protected-areas-pacific-ocean/

In the following letter, the Avaaz team is asking for our help to:

  • urge and support US President Obama to create the world’s largest marine sanctuary,
  • empower him to counter opposition,
  • help save our oceans for generations to come, and
  • please sign this urgent petition below and share it with everyone  you know– let’s deliver one million voices before the official consultation closes in days: August 11th.
    • At the present time of this blog posting, 258,695 people have signed.
    • Please help us get to 1,000,000 signatures.

Dear Friends,

In days, US President Obama could create the world’s largest marine sanctuary, but a powerful fishing lobby is trying to stop this ocean-saving plan. Let’s build a tidal wave of support before it’s too late and deliver it straight into the White House. Sign now to create an Ocean of Hope, and tell everyone!

SIGN THE PETITION

Right now, the US government is receiving public comments on whether or not to create the world’s largest Marine Protected Area in the Pacific Ocean. But President Obama is under enormous pressure from a powerful fishing lobby to water down the plan.

We can’t let that happen — majestic whales, turtles and fish stocks are all disappearing. Scientists say the best way to save our oceans is to protect large swaths from exploitation so that marine life can recover. Four years ago, we played a pivotal role persuading the UK government to create a massive marine sanctuary in the Indian Ocean, and the UK Foreign Ministry cited our campaign in its announcement. Now, if we all speak out, we can create a reserve the size of Mexico!

If we send Obama a tidal wave of global public support now, we will empower him to counter opposition and help save our oceans for generations to come. Sign the petition below and tell everyone — let’s deliver one million voices before the official consultation closes in days:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/ocean_of_hope_loc/?bkyeWbb&v=43591

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This video presents “2014 August 3 Breaking News Ebola Crisis Doctors Without Borders warns outbreak out of control.”

  • “2014 August 3 Breaking News Ebola Crisis Doctors Without Borders warns that the outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia is now out of control.”

“…But government public health officials have been trying to reassure Canadians they need not worry, reminding people that the virus doesn’t spread easily through casual contact or the air, like the flu, and that one can only become infected though direct contact with infected bodily fluids.

In a recent statement, Health Minister Rona Ambrose stressed that all points of entry into Canada are routinely monitored, and travellers showing symptoms are referred to quarantine officers who have the authority to implement public health measures under the Quarantine Act to protect Canadians…

Canadian hospitals also have sophisticated infection control systems and procedures in place that are designed to limit the spread of infection and protect health care workers…”

Mark Gollom, CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ebola-outbreak-how-canada-s-prep-has-led-the-world-1.2728188

CBC News also reported that an “Ebola ‘cocktail’ developed at Canadian and U.S. labs” is an experimental drug that neutralizes the virus so it can’t do further damage.

  • An experimental Ebola treatment (ZMapp) was given to two American aid workers infected in Liberia which is one of four West African nations dealing with the world’s largest Ebola outbreak.
    • “The Public Health Agency of Canada said it was involved in the development of ZMapp, but the agency was not involved in the decisions to administer the treatment.”
  • “The World Health Organization says that as of Aug. 1, there have been at least 1,603 cases of Ebola in the current outbreak, which is centred in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
    • At least 887 of those people have died.”

“The workers, Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly, are improving, although it’s impossible to know whether the treatment is the reason or they are recovering on their own, as others who have survived Ebola have done…

The experimental treatment the U.S. aid workers are getting is called ZMapp and is made by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. of San Diego. It is aimed at boosting the immune system’s efforts to fight off Ebola and is made from antibodies produced by lab animals exposed to parts of the virus.

In a statement, the company said it was working with LeafBio of San Diego, Defyrus Inc. of Toronto, the U.S. government and the Public Health Agency of Canada on development of the drug, which was identified as a possible treatment in January.

The drug is made in tobacco plants at Kentucky BioProcessing, a subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc., in Owensboro, Kentucky, said spokesman David Howard. The plant “serves like a photocopier,” and the drug is extracted from the plant, he said…

The Kentucky company is working “to increase production of ZMapp but that process is going to take several months,” Howard said. The drug has been tested in animals and testing in humans is expected to begin later this year.

Writebol, 59, has been in isolation at her home in Liberia since she was diagnosed last month. She’s now walking with assistance and has regained her appetite, said Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA, the Charlotte, North Carolina-based group that she works for in Africa.

Writebol has received two doses of the experimental drug so far…

Brantly, 33, also was said to be improving. Besides the experimental dose he got in Liberia, he also received a unit of blood from a 14-year-old boy, an Ebola survivor, who had been under his care. That seems to be aimed at giving Brantly antibodies the boy may have made to the virus…

Ebola is only spread through direct contact with an infected person’s blood or other bodily fluids, not through the air…”

MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer, ABC News
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/us-govt-role-ebola-drug-aid-workers-24840281

Brampton Civic Hospital in Ontario, Canada, is currently testing a patient who recently travelled to Canada from Nigeria and presented with symptoms including fever, headache and malaise.

  • Samples have been sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.
    • Results of the testing are expected within the next 24 hours.
  • The patient is currently in isolation and is being treated for a fever and other flu-like symptoms.
Electron Microscope Image of Ebola Virus: Image extracted from video below. (In reality, Ebola is not blue and/or white. Colours are added as visual aids.)

Electron Microscope Image of Ebola Virus: Image extracted from video below. (In reality, Ebola is not blue and/or white. Colours are added as visual aids.)

NEWS RELEASE

Update On Patient Being Tested For Ebola Virus Disease in Ontario

Ontario Hospital Testing Patient as Precautionary Measure

August 9, 2014 5:45 P.M.

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

William Osler Health System’s Brampton Civic Hospital is currently testing a patient who recently travelled to Canada from Nigeria and presented with symptoms including fever, headache and malaise.

This action was taken as a precautionary measure and results of the testing are expected within the next 24 hours. Samples have been sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.

The patient is currently in isolation and is being treated for a fever and other flu-like symptoms.

The Minister of Health is closely managing the situation and is in close contact with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the local public health unit and the hospital.

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