Food Safety
July 11, 2016, Toronto, Ont – Farmers are facing smaller crops and higher costs as parts of southern and eastern Ontario suffer through severe drought that is having an impact on fruit and vegetable production. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) says the regions northeast of Toronto and south of Ottawa…
June 23, 2016, Regina, SK – Vegetable farmers Dan and Chelsea Erlandson of Outlook, Sask., were named the 2016 Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF) for the Saskatchewan Region at the annual awards event held in conjunction with Canada’s Farm Progress Show on June 17. Dan and Chelsea are third-generation majority owners…
May 16, 2016, Simcoe, Ont – Southern Ontario's cool spring is expected to slow asparagus production throughout the region. Farmers had their first scare after a stretch of warm weather in March led to an early growth. That type of early start is often threatened by cold snaps, which then…
  As I write this editorial, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a recall for a blend of frozen berries and cherries sold exclusively through Costco stores in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia plus Newfoundland and Labrador. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, 13 people…
March 28, 2016, Mississauga, Ont – As farmers across the province get ready for spring and the upcoming growing season, Ontario’s Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP) is marking a major milestone. The internationally acclaimed program is celebrating its 50th anniversary supplying Ontario farmers experiencing domestic labour shortages with seasonal workers…
January 25, 2016, Huron, OH – There's a small corner of the restaurant world where food is art and the plate is just as exquisite as the mouthful. In this world, chefs are constantly looking for new creative materials for the next stunning presentation. The tiny community of farmers who…
December 21, 2015, Vancouver, BC – After the earliest start to a blueberry season in recent memory, the British Columbia Blueberry Council has confirmed the 2015 fresh blueberry season's crop topped out at 73.5 million kilograms (162 million pounds), exceeding last year's crop of 68 million kilograms (152 million pounds).…
Nov. 2, 2015, Langley, B.C. - The Farm and Ranch Safety and Health Association (FARSHA) is rebranding as AgSafe to better reflect the work they do and the community they serve. For over 20 years, the association has been the expert on safety in the workplace for British Columbia's agriculture…
October 26, 2015, Ottawa, Ont – Canada performs well in the areas of food safety, food security and healthy foods and diets but shows a weaker performance in the areas of industry prosperity and environmental sustainability, according to preliminary results from the Conference Board of Canada's Canadian Food Observatory's first…
October 19, 2015, Guelph, Ont – NSF-Guelph Food Technology Centre, a certification body for the CanadaGAP program, will be holding CanadaGAP Auditor Training courses November 2 to 6, 2015 in Guelph, Ont. The course is designed to train potential auditors specifically for the CanadaGAP program. It includes an intensive review…
September 21, 2015, Boston, MA — Cross contamination in commercial processing facilities that prepare spinach and other leafy greens for the market can make people sick. But researchers are reporting a new, easy-to-implement method that could eliminate or reduce such incidences. The scientists presented their work at the 250th National…
July 8, 2015, Ithaca, NY – To protect consumers from foodborne illness, produce farmers should wait 24 hours after a rain or irrigating their fields to harvest crops, according to new research published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Rain or irrigation creates soil conditions that are more hospitable…
June 22, 2015, Kent County – Trace amounts of downy mildew were found in a Kent County cucumber field today by a University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus, scout. All cucumber growers in Ontario are advised to begin a preventative downy mildew spray program using targeted downy mildew fungicides. For more…
February 10, 2015 – They are allegedly the ultimate antidote to fruit and vegetables produced in a vast greenhouse complex to fill supermarket shelves and the pockets of corporations. And demand appears to be soaring for so-called “heritage” seeds that date back centuries, with gardeners flocking to grow exotic-sounding varieties…
  Glancing at the current food recall list on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website can be a sobering and stomach churning exercise. A smoothy fruit blend containing spinach and kale – recalled due to concerns over possible contamination with listeria. Caramel apples – recalled due to possible contamination with…

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