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

Toronto Parent Summit is an opportunity for parents to talk to City and community representatives about important programs and services geared for children from infancy to age 12.

  • The public consultation component of the November 19 Parent Summit will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • All parents of young children are invited to participate in the sessions whether or not they use licensed child care.

Share your experiences with child care and find out more about the city’s child care system by attending one of the following three sessions in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

Wednesday, November 19: The City Hall session will include an information fair, where parents can find out more about programs and services geared towards young children.

4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Information fair
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Summit session
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St.W.
Register here

Saturday, November 22

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Summit session

Etobicoke Civic Centre
399 The West Mall
Register here

Scarborough Civic Centre
150 Borough Drive
Register here

Child care, translation and assistive services are available upon request.

  • Please indicate your requirements during registration.
  • Spots are limited, so register now!

Read more about Parent Summit 2013: The “Let’s Talk Child Care” report is now available.

Parents can register for a session online at http://www.toronto.ca/parentsummit or by calling 311 between today and November 18.

City of Toronto Contact Info

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311
Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)

NEWS RELEASE

November 7, 2014

Registration for Parent Summit in Toronto begins today

Toronto parents are invited to register to attend one of three Parent Summit sessions taking place on November 19 and 22. These sessions are an opportunity for parents to provide valuable feedback regarding their experiences with child care as well as to learn more about the child care system and available programs and services. Read more of You’re Invited: Toronto Parent Summit Nov.19 and 22, 2014; Registration Now Open

This is an update to the previous blog, Health Hazard Alert: Mogen David Brand “Red Wine – Concord” is Recalled (first list).

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is recalling Mogen David brand “Red Wine – Concord” due to presence of arsenic.

Please click here for the second recall list of Mogen David Brand “Red Wine – Concord”.

Other details of the recall are as follows. Read more of Second Recall List of Mogen David Brand “Red Wine – Concord”

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is recalling Mogen David brand “Red Wine – Concord” due to presence of arsenic.

Please click here for descriptions of the affected products.

Other details of the recall are as follows. Read more of Health Hazard Alert: Mogen David Brand “Red Wine – Concord” is Recalled

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.)

This is an update to these previous blogs:

Additional product info was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) food safety investigation.

Third list of recalled unpasteurized cider products

Noah Martin is recalling unpasteurized apple cider from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination.

Almost a quarter of the entire population of the European Union lives under the threat of poverty or social exclusion in 2013. Image extracted from video below.

Almost a quarter of the entire population of the European Union lives under the threat of poverty or social exclusion in 2013. Image extracted from video below.

This video presents Quarter of Europeans face poverty.

  • Over 124 million people in the European Union (EU) — or almost a quarter of its entire population – live under the threat of poverty or social exclusion, a report by EU’s statistical office has revealed.

Europe 2020 is the European Union’s (EU’s) ten-year growth and jobs strategy that was launched in 2010.

  • Five headline targets have been set for the EU to achieve by the end of 2020.
  • These cover employment; research and development; climate/energy; education; social inclusion and poverty reduction.

The 5 targets for the EU in 2020

  1. Employment
    • 75% of the 20-64 year-olds to be employed
  2. R&D
    • 3% of the EU’s GDP to be invested in R&D
  3. Climate change and energy sustainability
    • Greenhouse gas emissions 20% (or even 30%, if the conditions are right) lower than 1990
    • 20% of energy from renewables.
    • 20% increase in energy efficiency
  4.  Education
    • Reducing the rates of early school leaving below 10%
    • At least 40% of 30-34–year-olds completing third level education
  5. Fighting poverty and social exclusion

In a recent Eurostat news release as shown here, the European Commission delineated the 24.5% of the EU population at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2013.


Eurostat NEWS RELEASE

168/2014 – 4 November 2014

At risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU28
More than 120 million persons at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2013
Almost 1 out of every 4 persons in the EU in this situation

In 2013, 122.6 million people, or 24.5% of the population, in the EU1 were at risk of poverty or social exclusion. This means that these people were in at least one of the following three conditions: at-risk-of-poverty after social transfers2 (income poverty), severely materially deprived or living in households with very low work intensity2. The proportion of persons at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU28 in 2013 (24.5%) has slightly decreased compared with 2012 (24.8%), but is higher than in 2008 (23.8%). The reduction of the number of persons at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU is one of the key targets of the Europe 2020 strategy3.

These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union and are based on data from the EU-SILC survey4.

At risk of poverty or social exclusion 2 rate in the EU28, 2008-2013
(% of total population)

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Highest at risk of poverty or social exclusion rate in Bulgaria, lowest in the Czech Republic

In 2013, more than a third of the population was at risk of poverty or social exclusion in five Member States: Bulgaria (48.0%), Romania (40.4%), Greece (35.7%), Latvia (35.1%) and Hungary (33.5%). On the contrary, the lowest shares of persons being at risk of poverty or social exclusion were recorded in the Czech Republic (14.6%), the Netherlands (15.9%), Finland (16.0%) and Sweden (16.4%).

Among Member States for which data are available, the at-risk-of-poverty or social exclusion rate has increased from 2008 to 2013 in most of the Member States, the only decreases being recorded in Poland (from 30.5% in 2008 to 25.8% in 2013), Romania (from 44.2% to 40.4%), Austria (from 20.6% to 18.8%), Finland (from 17.4% to 16.0%), Slovakia (from 20.6% to 19.8%), the Czech Republic (from 15.3% to 14.6%) and France (from 18.5% to 18.1%), while the share remained stable in Belgium.

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    * EU27 data for 2008; EU28 estimates for 2013.
    ** Spain: change of data source in 2013 income data; Croatia: 2008 data on At-risk-of-poverty rate after social transfers estimated from Household Budget Survey; United Kingdom: Change of provider of cross-sectional EU-SILC data: until 2012 data were collected by the ONS, from 2012 onwards they are collected by the Department for Work and Pensions.
    : Data not available

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