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Canada’s Ban on Partially Hydrogenated Oils Now in Effect

Canada’s ban on partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) is now in effect. PHOs are a significant source of trans fats – chemicals that raise “bad” cholesterol levels (low-density lipoprotein; LDL) in the blood and reduce blood levels of “good” cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein; HDL). ...

CFIA Requests Canadian Food Businesses Enroll in My CFIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is asking businesses to sign up for their online service, My CFIA. By creating an account, businesses can manage and track all their service requests online including for licences, permits, registrations or export certificates. With regards to licenses, the CFIA is reminding C...

Report Suggests Seafood Fraud Widespread in Canada

The results of a study conducted over 2017-2018 by the conservation group Oceana Canada suggests that seafood fraud and mislabelling is widespread in Canada. The organization tested seafood from 177 retailers and restaurants in 5 Canadian cities (Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax) and found that of the n...

CBC Podcast – The Fridge Light

I often listen to CBC Radio in the office. This summer on Radio One they’ve been broadcasting an interesting podcast called The Fridge Light. Each week they examine a food from a science, cultural and business perspective. I highly recommend it. Also recommended from the CBC is the podcast, On Drugs. Its a discus...

Evidence of Cancer Prevention by Certain Vegetables

Kate Wighton (@health_kate) at the Imperial College London reports on research looking into the role of  indole-3-carbinol (I3C) in the prevention of colon cancer. I3C is produced when we digest vegetables from the genus Brassica which includes plants such as broccoli, kale and cabbage. The research, published by scie...

CDC Publishes Foodborne Disease Outbreak Data for 2009–2015

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published surveillance data for foodborne disease outbreaks in the US between 2009 and 2015. During the reporting period, the US Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System (FDOSS) received reports of 5,760 outbreaks that resulted in 100,939 ill...

Reducing Bacterial Growth on Stainless Steel Equipment with Cooking Oil

Researchers at the University of Toronto have published a report on the use of simple cooking oil to reduce the bacterial load on stainless steel surfaces such as those used in food processing equipment. In the process, the stainless steel is first chemically functionalized with alkylphosphonic acid and then coated wit...

Canadians Still Consuming Too Much Salt

Health Canada has recently released a report on the sodium (salt) intake of Canadians in 2017. The results were obtained through analysis of data from the 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey. The report shows that despite federal efforts to reduce sodium intake, Canadians consume an average of 2760 milligrams (mg) o...

Canada’s Safe Food for Canadians Regulations Published

The final Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) have been published in the Canada Gazette Part II. By consolidating 14 different sets of food regulations into one, the SFCR represents a significant modernization of Canada’s food regulatory landscape. Food processors most affected by the new regulations are those...

CFIA Publishes Spring Newsletter

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has just published their latest edition of The CFIA Chronicle. Of particular interest to federally inspected food plants is the article on the CFIA’s rollout of their Standard Inspection Procedure (SIP). Read More ...