Fifth and Sixth Lists of Recalled Apples: Scotian Gold Apple Slices, and Caramel Apples

Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Canadian Food Inspection Agency

This is an update to these previous blogs:

The recent recalls were triggered by:

  • a recall initiated by the US producer which may be related to a foodborne illness outbreak, and
  • the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA’s) inspection activities related to the recall of Granny Smith and Gala apples exported by Bidart Bros. in the US.

Recall Classification: Class 1.

  • Class 1 is a situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of, or exposure to, a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is working with its federal partners, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Health Canada, and the United States Food and Drug Administration and is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products.

  • PHAC is monitoring the US outbreak investigation.
  • For more information see the Public Health Notice issued by PHAC dated January 14, 2015.
    • There are currently two cases of listeriosis in Canada with the same genetic fingerprint as seen in the US investigation.
    • Since the investigation began, more detailed testing on the two Canadians cases has been completed concluding that only a single case (found in Manitoba) is genetically related to the US outbreak of Listeria. This individual has reported eating a caramel apple.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, St. John’s, NL, is recalling caramel apples that used recalled apples sourced from the United States (US) from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes  bacteria contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products.

Scotian Gold Co-operative Limited is recalling Scotian Gold brand apple slices that used apples sourced from the United States (US) that are now recalled from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes bacteria contamination. Continue reading “Fifth and Sixth Lists of Recalled Apples: Scotian Gold Apple Slices, and Caramel Apples”

Health Hazard Alert: Happy Apples Brand Caramel Apples are Recalled

Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Industry is recalling Happy Apples brand Caramel Apples from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes bacteria contamination.

  • This recall was triggered by a recall initiated by the US manufacturer which may be related to a foodborne illness outbreak.
    • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is working with its federal partners, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Health Canada, and the United States Food and Drug Administration, and is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products.
  • Consumers should not consume the recalled products.

Please click here for a description of the affected products.

Other details of the recall are as follows. Continue reading “Health Hazard Alert: Happy Apples Brand Caramel Apples are Recalled”

Bee Hazard Alert: Please Petition Health Canada to Reject Flupyradifurone, before Nov.3, 2014

This video presents BEES IN GLOBAL EXTINCTION! – Confirmation of the UN – World Food Crisis!

SumofUs.org: "Health Canada -- reject Bayer's risky new pesticide to bees." mage by SumofUs.org
SumofUs.org: “Health Canada — reject Bayer’s risky new pesticide to bees.” Image by SumofUs.org

Pesticide giant Bayer wants our government to approve ANOTHER new bee-killing insecticide, flupyradifurone.

Health Canada Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is proposing full registration for the sale and use of Flupyradifurone TC, and the end-use products BYI 02960 480 FS and Sivanto 200 SL, containing the technical grade active ingredient flupyradifurone, to control various insect pests.

Bayer has launched flupyradifurone (trade mark as Sivanto Prime) in Honduras and Guatemala this year. The US EPA has scheduled registration decision for this by the end of this year. The comment for PMRA’s proposal is open to public until November 3rd.

Health Canada

Proposed Registration Decision – PRD2014-20

Flupyradifurone

19 September 2014

Proposed Registration Decision for Flupyradifurone

Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), under the authority of the Pest Control Products Act and Regulations, is proposing full registration for the sale and use of Flupyradifurone TC, and the end-use products BYI 02960 480 FS and Sivanto 200 SL, containing the technical grade active ingredient flupyradifurone, to control various insect pests…..

Flupyradifurone is moderately persistent to persistent in the terrestrial environment and persistent in the aquatic environment with the exception of the photic zones where it is not expected to persist. Flupyradifurone is highly mobile and has a potential to leach to groundwater and enter aquatic environments through surface runoff. Flupyradifurone used as a foliar spray may pose a potential risk to non-target terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates, including bees. When flupyradifurone is used for soybean seed treatment, it poses a potential risk to birds and small wild mammals. However, no risk to bees is expected through dust-off exposure during planting of treated seeds. The identified risks can be mitigated with spray buffer zones to protect sensitive aquatic habitats from spray drift and through the use of label statements to inform and instruct users regarding potential risks to birds and mammals, bees and beneficial arthropods, and to the environment….

Before making a final registration decision on flupyradifurone, the PMRA will consider all comments received from the public in response to this consultation document. The PMRA will accept written comments on this proposal up to 45 days from the date of publication of this document. Please note that, to comply with Canada’s international trade obligations, consultation on the proposed MRLs will also be conducted internationally via a notification to the World Trade Organization. Please forward all comments to Publications (contact information on the cover page of this document). The PMRA will then publish a Registration Decision, which will include its decision, the reasons for it, a summary of comments received on the proposed final decision and the Agency’s response to these comments.

When the PMRA makes its registration decision, it will publish a Registration Decision on flupyradifurone (based on the Science Evaluation of this consultation document). In addition, the test data referenced in this consultation document will be available for public inspection, upon application, in the PMRA’s Reading Room (located in Ottawa)…..

http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2014/sc-hc/H113-9-2014-20-eng.pdf

Publications
Pest Management Regulatory Agency
Health Canada
2720 Riverside Drive
A.L. 6604-E2
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9

Internet:

  • pmra.publications@hc-sc.gc.ca
  • healthcanada.gc.ca/pmra
  • Facsimile: 613-736-3758

Information Service:

  • 1-800-267-6315 or 613-736-3799
  • pmra.infoserv@hc-sc.gc.ca

In the letter below, the SumofUs.org team urges us to: Continue reading “Bee Hazard Alert: Please Petition Health Canada to Reject Flupyradifurone, before Nov.3, 2014”

Mandatory Labelling of Mechanically Tenderized Beef to Help Improve Food Safety for Canadians

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:

Continue reading “Mandatory Labelling of Mechanically Tenderized Beef to Help Improve Food Safety for Canadians”

Heat Alert for Manitoba August 28, 2012

Heat Alert for Manitoba August 28, 2012
Heat Alert for Manitoba August 28, 2012

A heat alert has been declared on August 28, 2012, for southern Manitoba, Canada, for the next two days.

The Office of the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer advises Manitobans to take the following precautions to prevent heat-related illness:

Continue reading “Heat Alert for Manitoba August 28, 2012”

Health Hazard Alert: Recall of Certain Beef Burger Meat Mix Made by INTERCITY PACKERS (EAST) LTD (Est. 503)

The manufacturer, Intercity Packers (East) Ltd ( Mississauga, Ontario, Canada), is warning the public, distributors and food service establishments not to consume, sell, serve or use the beef burger meat mix described below because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

The details regarding Intercity Packers (East) Ltd‘s voluntary recall of the affected Beef Burger Meat Mix 80/20 from the marketplace are as follows:

Continue reading “Health Hazard Alert: Recall of Certain Beef Burger Meat Mix Made by INTERCITY PACKERS (EAST) LTD (Est. 503)”

Forest Fires Force First Nations Community of Deer Lake To Evacuate

Forest Fires Force First Nations Community of Deer Lake To Evacuate Via Canadian Forces Aircraft
Above is a Water Bomber. Forest Fires Force First Nations Community of Deer Lake To Evacuate Via Canadian Forces Aircraft

Now, unfortunately forest fires are burning 3.5 kilometres from Deer Lake, a remote northwest Ontario community in Canada.

The Deer Lake Band Council of the First Nations Community of Deer Lake is requesting help from Ontario to evacuate approximately 480 Deer Lake residents who will be immediately airlifted by Canadian Forces aircraft to Greenstone, Ontario.

The primary reason for the evacuation of Deer Lake residents is their health is most at risk due to the smoke.

The details of the emergency tactics, involving First Nations officials, provincial ministries, federal departments and the Canadian Forces, are as follows:

Continue reading “Forest Fires Force First Nations Community of Deer Lake To Evacuate”