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CFIA’s May 2-4 lettuce warning

Lettuce pray… That no one notices the warning? That no one gets sick?

Agri007 has the scoop:

“May 2-4 warning

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency picked 3 a.m. Saturday morning of the May 2-4 weekend to warn the public of a serious risk involving lettuce that could be in a lot of salads at your favourite supermarket.

And then it provided an updated and expanded list on Sunday/Monday.

The following Compliments (Sobey’s, Food Basics) salads, product of USA, are affected by this alert. Continue reading

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Marketing mojo rebuilds confidence in Maple Leaf Foods after Listeria deaths

From Kristin Laird at Marketing Mag.ca

"Putting a fork in it" Maple Leaf Foods style. Photo via Marketing Mag.

“Graham, formerly CMO at Rogers Communications, started working with Maple Leaf Foods as a consultant following a listeria outbreak in 2008 that killed 22 people and prompted massive product recalls.

That same year, the company posted a third-quarter loss of $12.9 million. In the fourth quarter, Maple Leaf said the recall cost the company an estimated $59 million to $69 million before taxes and profits were down 40%.

The company also had a dramatic fall in the Marketing/Leger Corporate Reputations ranking—which asks consumers if they have a good or bad opinion of the company—dropping from 21 to 76 in 2009 and a further 10 spots in 2010. Continue reading


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Calgary Herald reader connects the dots on milk and meat regulation in Canada

Chris Spence, writing in the Calgary Herald:

Image titled "cows-raw-milk" via the Badger Catholic, where they had a post on raw milk titled "Milk may be legalized in Wisconsin" but later took it down. Perhaps it didn't have the right imprimatur.

“It is funny how the government bans raw milk because of the dangers of disease borne by it. If you carry that logic forward, then why can we still buy deli meat? How many Canadians have died of listeria borne by deli meat over the last few years? I think it is 20 or more. So to be credible in their banning of raw milk, they must also ban deli meat. Then they should take a look at the pathogens in bulk-processed meat products…..” Continue reading

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Raw milk on the radio in Portland


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Is raw milk cheese the next point of attack in the war against raw milk?

From a recent story on SlashFood blog by Max Shrem titled “Are raw milk cheeses safe?“:

Photo: kaight_ashbury, Flickr. Click image to go to Flickr page. Photo via Slash Food.com

“Are raw-milk cheeses healthful? Recent findings of Listeria monocytogenes, the bacteria that causes Listeria, in cheeses from Montesano, Washington’s Estrella Family Creamery in Missouri’s Morningland Dairy unequivocally suggest the contrary. Both dairies, which were inspected by FDA (Food and Drug Administration) officials within the past few months, are going to have a particularly hard time defending their raw-milk cheeses, especially since it’s just the latest raw-milk scare. Just last week, health officials found 25 E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to Bravo Farms’ raw-milk Gouda being sold at Costco stores in Colorado. Continue reading

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FDA attacks Estrella Family Creamery near Seattle with another Morningside Dairy style raid

From the farm’s website:

Estrella Family photo from 2006. Via Augie's Journal of Natural Food and Healing.

“Last night at about 5:30 three cars pulled into the yard with FDA and Federal Marshals, alarming our kids. They posted a seizure order that named all cheeses on the property.  This is serious, it could put us out of business. Continue reading


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Listeria recall for B.C. cheese maker

This news is  just in from CBCnews.ca. And although the CBC story doesn’t mention it, our source informs us that this company’s hard cheese are made from raw milk, while their soft cheeses are made from pasteurized milk. Camembert — the type affected by the recall — is a soft cheese — thus made from pasteurized milk.

Moonstruck cheeses, from Salt Spring Island. Photo CBC news

“A warning has been issued about a brand of Camembert cheese made in B.C. that could be contaminated with potentially deadly Listeria bacteria.

The cheese was manufactured on Salt Spring Island by Moonstruck Organic Cheese, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) said in a release Monday. Continue reading

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