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Irradiated ground beef, such as these burger patties, is expected to have a lower potential presence of harmful pathogens such as E. coli. (Stephen Ausmus photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Health Canada clears ground beef irradiation

Fresh and frozen ground beef treated with irradiation can now be sold in Canada, the federal health department announced Wednesday. Health Canada has published regulations in the Canada Gazette which add fresh and frozen ground beef to the short list of irradiated foods, such as potatoes, onions, spices and flour, that are permitted for sale, […] Read more



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U.S. blocks Hamilton crush plant’s canola meal

Winnipeg | Reuters –– The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) halted a shipment of canola meal on Dec. 1 from a Bunge plant in Hamilton, Ont. because it appeared to contain salmonella bacteria, FDA records show. Salmonella can cause food-borne illness in humans. However, canola meal is mainly shipped to the U.S. for use […] Read more

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Peanut company CEO sentenced for salmonella outbreak

Albany, Ga.| Reuters –– The former owner of Peanut Corporation of America was sentenced in federal court on Monday to 28 years in prison for his role in a salmonella outbreak linked to nine deaths. In a rare case of criminal prosecution linked to food contamination, Stewart Parnell, the former owner of Peanut Corporation of […] Read more


What Consumer Reports said about beef safety

What Consumer Reports said about beef safety

The organization claims that drug-resistant bacteria pose a serious and growing health threat

Reading Time: 3 minutes The following is excerpted from The Beef Report produced by Consumer Reports’ Food Safety and Sustainability Center. The full report can be found here. The danger of superbugs Foodborne illness caused by drug-resistant bacteria, such as the antibiotic-resistant strains of salmonella that have caused beef-related outbreaks in recent years, are also a major cause for […] Read more

meat microbiologist Lynn McMullen

Alberta researchers hot on the trail of deadly bacteria

In response to the E. coli contamination at XL Foods, scientists 
have devised a test that slashes detection time in half


Reading Time: 3 minutes The time it takes to detect E. coli in a meat-processing plant has been cut in half, thanks to technology developed by researchers from the University of Alberta. “We have been able to shorten the time and we can go from cold meat to detection of Enterohaemorrhagic E. coli within five to six hours,” said Lynn […] Read more


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Interprovincial salmonella outbreak tied to chicks

Federal and Alberta provincial health and veterinary officials are probing almost three dozen cases of salmonella poisoning across three provinces, tied to handling of live baby chickens. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said Monday it’s so far investigating 17 cases of illness in people in Alberta, 13 in British Columbia and four in […] Read more

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Antimicrobial use in livestock under the microscope

Expert says ‘there definitely is a chain’ connecting farms to the rise in antimicrobial resistance

Reading Time: 4 minutes Antimicrobial resistance is like a forest fire — because only you can take steps to prevent it. Think about resistance every time you use antimicrobials, producers were told during Alberta Pork’s latest telephone town hall. “Any single time one of us uses an antimicrobial, we are tipping the scales toward resistance, said Dr. Leigh Rosengren, […] Read more