Monthly Archives April 2018

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog People are sick: Frozen strawberries grown in Egypt recalled because of hep A in Canada

For at least the third time in the last six years, people have gotten sick with hepatitis A after consuming strawberries – fresh or frozen — grown in Egypt. A multistate outbreak of hepatitis A virus (HAV) among European travellers … Continue reading Read More

Author: Canadian Food Inspection Agency --- Source: What's New Food Recall Warning (Listeria) – Roast beef products

Distribution – Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador, possibly national. Recalling firm - Erie Meat Products Ltd.

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Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Raw is risky: Norovirus outbreak linked to raw oysters rises to 126 in BC

In a follow-up on the norovirus outbreak linked to the consumption of British Columbia raw oysters, The Public Health Agency of Canada has reported that a total of 126 cases of gastrointestinal illness linked to oyster consumption have been reported in three provinces: … Continue reading Read More

Hepatitis A illnesses prompt recall of frozen strawberries

Montana brand frozen strawberries are being pulled from Canadian stores because of possible hepatitis A contamination. This recall was triggered by findings during an investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. CFIA will notify the... Continue Reading Read More

Vinegar can help home cooks battle bacteria on leafy greens

The most recent outbreak from Escherichia coli O157:H7 in romaine lettuce spurred me to pull up an old draft, trim it and post it in an attempt to promote public health. Enjoy.  In the Spring of 2017 while sprinkling balsamic vinegar over chopped romaine lettuce, I wondered if anyone had published on the bactericidal effect... Continue Reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog We’re still all hosts on a viral planet: How Norovirus infection gets its start

Norovirus — the highly contagious gastrointestinal illness best known for spreading rapidly on cruise chips, in nursing homes, schools and other densely populated spaces — kills an estimated 200,000 people annually, mostly in the developing world. There’s no treatment or … Continue reading Read More

K9 Natural recalls frozen raw dog food due to Listeria monocytogenes

K9 Natural Ltd. (K9) has recalled four batches of its Frozen Chicken Feast Raw Pet Food that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled products were imported into the USA from New Zealand in June 2017, and were identified as follows: K9 Natural Frozen Chicken Feast, 2.2-lb bags. Batch #170517; Expiration date 17NOV2018 K9... Continue Reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Understanding egg nanostructure to enhance food safety

Fertilized chicken eggs manage to resist fracture from the outside, yet are weak enough to break from the inside during chick hatching. It’s all in the eggshell’s nanostructure, according to a new study led by McGill University scientists. The findings, … Continue reading Read More

Author: Robert Mancini --- Source: barfblog Australian man experiences thunderclap headaches after eating world’s hottest pepper

I grew up with hot peppers, love them, only thing is I can’t tolerate them. I remember going to these massive Italian weddings when I was younger and my dad used to bring his own hot dried peppers from home, … Continue reading Read More

Norovirus outbreak closes two British Columbia oyster farms

The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control is warning consumers to take steps to protect their health after two B.C. Vancouver Island oyster farms have been closed following an outbreak of norovirus associated with eating the raw shellfish. The B.C. Centre for Disease Control says about 40 cases of acute gastrointestinal illness have been connected... Continue Reading Read More