Canadian Food Safety News

COOKING FOR LIFE

The most important thing you will ever do in your life will be cooking; for yourself and others. Cooking is transformative… in so many ways. Food and water sustain life. What could be more important than sustaining life? Making sure that the food you are handling is not only safe but healthy should be your […]

Foodborne Outbreaks

A foodborne illness outbreak could cost a restaurant millions, study suggests Foodborne outbreaks can compromise a restaurant’s annual profits, markedly outweighing preventative costs A single foodborne outbreak could cost a restaurant millions of dollars in lost revenue, fines, lawsuits, legal fees, insurance premium increases, inspection costs and staff retraining, a new study from researchers at […]

E.COLI IN YOUR BURGER?

With BBQ season around the corner we wanted to share some information about E.coli and ground beef. Outbreaks of E.coli have been associated with eating undercooked hamburgers, raw sprouts, or basically anything grown in contaminated water or soils. In January 1993 there was an uncommonly high incidence of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) among Seattle-area children. […]

EXPIRED FOOD HANDLER?

With life being so busy, who has time to renew your food handler certificate? I recently read a great article called Time is Money – Meaning and Explanation. Like money, too, time, once lost, is gone forever. Hence, one should exercise due care while spending time. We should always try to make the best use […]

DON’T BE A “TYPHOID MARY”

Did you know that you can be a carrier of a disease without showing signs or symptoms? Here is a story about a famous carrier called Typhoid Mary who carried typhoid and killed the people she fed by practicing bad hand hygiene. From 1900 to 1907, Mary Mallon worked as a cook in New York […]

FOOD POISIONING

Who is most at risk from getting food poisoning? We are all at risk of getting food poisoning and becoming ill from consuming pathogenic bacteria.Food poisoning, also called foodborne illness, is illness caused by eating contaminated food. Who are the most vulnerable people? Pregnant women People under 5 People older than 65 Immunocompromised people Symptoms Symptoms […]

FOOD HANDLERS AND HANDWASHING

Wash well and wash often Food Handlers must practices proper handwashing procedures. Handwashing is required after touching your face or hair, eating or smoking, going to the bathroom, taking a phone call, handling money or raw meat, changing from one product to the next…. you get the picture? One of the most important things you […]

WHAT IS THE HPPA?

Heath Protection and Promotion Act The purpose of the Health Promotion and Protection Act or HPPA is to enhance the protection and promotion of the health of Ontarians. Did you know that the Health Protection and Promotion Act,  has been updated this year? read more Health Inspectors are the people who enforce the HPPA. While the thought […]

DEADLY FOOD ALLERGIES

Food allergies can be life threatening! When people with food allergies ask about ingredients in food, be sure to check with the chef or check the ingredients list. If the chef left for the day, is on break and you cannot locate the ingredients list. Be honest and say that you cannot be sure. Never […]

ARSENIC CANDY

Bradford Sweets, c.1868 The origins of Food Safety has been evolving for a long time in an effort to protect the public from accidental poisoning. In 1858 over 200 people were afflicted with arsenic poisoning in Bradford, England. 20 people are estimated to have died from consuming peppermint humbugs. It was reported that peppermint humbugs […]

TEST YOUR SANITIZERS

Test your sanitizers, it’s the law! Food Handlers need to be sure that you are storing and using your approved sanitizers safely. Your approved sanitizers; Quats, Bleach or Iodine, must be stored safely well away from food in a separate cabinet and tested regularly. If you are not sure how to use your sanitizers properly, […]

FRIDGES CAN MAKE YOU SICK?

Sure they can! If they are not holding your food at a safe temperature. In order to follow Ontario’s food safety rules your fridge should never be higher than 4c. In order to follow Ontario’s food safety rules your fridge should never be higher than 4c. My first house I bought was an old fixer […]

NO MORE BAKED POTATOES IN FOIL!

Potatoes in foil could easily become a botulism risk;  It is no longer considered a safe practice to bake potatoes in aluminium foil, because of the risk of botulism once the potatoes have been baked. Instead you can rub them in olive oil and pierce them with a fork, then bake them in their own […]

NASA INVENTED HACCP?

Getting food poisoning is bad enough,                          who can image that at zero gravity? NASA had to come up with a pretty good plan With a collaborated effort between the Pillsbury Company, NASA, and the U.S. Army Laboratories they developed HACCP Hazard Analysis and […]

FOOD SAFETY; RECALLS AND SAFETY ALERTS

Did you know you can stay up to date on Food Recalls in Canada? Well now you do and it is easy to stay informed! Here is a link to Recalls and Safety Alerts Canada, a Government of Canada website that sends out important information that needs to be shared with the Canadian Public. We all […]

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