Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
landdownunder

COOL for Foods & Food Safety Alerts

13 posts in this topic

CCA succeeds in COOL repeal for beef and pork, Canada’s beef producers victors as 7 year trade war ends

 

December 18, 2015

 

 

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is elated that the omnibus appropriations bill including language to repeal U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for beef and pork today cleared both the U.S. House and Senate and has been sent to President Barack Obama to be signed. Once signed, the bill will become law, marking the successful conclusion of a legal battle initiated by the CCA over seven years ago. The passage of the omnibus appropriations bill in the U.S. House and Senate comes on the same day that Canada is to receive authority from the World Trade Organization (WTO) to impose retaliatory tariffs of more than $1 billion on U.S. products if COOL is not repealed. “This is fantastic news for Canada’s beef cattle producers,” said CCA President Dave Solverson. “The CCA initiated this fight in 2008 because the U.S. failed to live up to its international trade obligations. In the seven years since U.S. COOL has been in effect, the cumulative losses for the Canadian beef and pork sectors have been staggering.” CCA Vice President Dan Darling said it has been a long and arduous battle, and a costly one with legal fees nearing $4 million. However, that amount – paid by beef producers through their provincial check-off -- is eclipsed by the cost of COOL discrimination inflicted on the Canadian and Mexican producers. COOL repeal is an excellent example of provincial check-off dollars at work and Darling thanked producers for directing their dollars towards the file. 

 

Read more at  http://tinyurl.com/zowtdz7

 

Source:  Canadian Cattlemens Assoc.  

 

 

 

 

Country-of-Origin Labeling for Foods and the WTO Trade Dispute on Meat Labeling

 

Source:  Congressional Research Service

 

Link:  https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS22955.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Re-posted from our Shout Box--sorry gotta go out shortly and can't beef it up for now(´Д`)

 

<FOOD SAFETY WARNING!!!>

 

Before you ingest any RICE, check if it's from China.

If so, MAYBE PCV resin-made fake rice grains are in there.

 

I posted about the cases found in China before, with the actual pics of the particles appeared in CT scans at CHANI somewhere. Now Indonesia is freaking out as someone copped health scare due to the crap.

These Chinese fake rice can be EVERYWHERE.

 

I only buy rice from India, Thailand, Vietnam, Oz and Japan for now...watch out in any take away dishes.

 

<No Subs>http://www.sankei.co...6110001-n1.html

5 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
UPDATED: Frozen veggies recalled in U.S., Canada for listeria

BY NEWS DESK | APRIL 22, 2016

 

"Fifteen frozen organic vegetable products distributed to retailers in at least 35 states and four Canadian provinces are under voluntary recall because of potential contamination with listeria monocytogenes.

 

CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, WA, posted the recall Friday because random samples of frozen organic peas and corn tested by Ohio health officials returned positive results for the foodborne pathogen.

 

At least four brands are included in the frozen vegetable recall: Schwans, True Goodness by Meijer; Wellsley Farms Organic; and Organic by Nature. Vegetables recalled are various varieties of peas, corn and mixed vegetables.

 

“We know the recalled frozen vegetables were distributed to retailers and distribution centers between Sept. 13, 2015, and March 16 in the following states, and may be redistributed in other states nationwide: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, LA, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, and in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan of Canada,” according to the company’s recall notice."

snip


 

I can tell you that I received a call this AM, April 22, 2016, from Costco, where I always buy my frozen "organic" veggies.
6 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

PRAWN OF THE DEAD Health bosses order massive recall of seafood sold by Aldi over Christmas due to deadly bacteria fears

Dec. 29, 2016   Laura Birnip               NOTE: This is in Scotland and Northumberland, just in case that's where you might be

 

The batches are believed to contain salmonella bacteria which causes severe food poisoning

Two batches of the prawns have been recalled over fears they contain deadly salmonella

"PRAWNS feared to contain bacteria which causes food poisoning have been recalled after a watchdog issued a safety warning about the packs.

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) issued a recall notice on two batches of Aldi’s Specially Selected Tikka King Prawns in Scotland and Northumberland which it says could contain salmonella bacteria.

A spokesman for FSS said: “Aldi is recalling the affected product from its customers and displaying point of sale notices in stores explaining to customers the reason for recall and the actions they can take if they have bought the affected product.

“No other Aldi products are known to be affected.”
FSS urged consumers who have bought the product not to eat it and instead return it to the store where it was purchased for a full refund.

It comes as repulsed families discovered green flesh as they carved into their Tesco turkeys on Christmas Day.

The revolting-coloured meat is apparently caused by a muscle-wasting disease in the birds.
The batch numbers of the prawns affected are 6K14 and 6K15 and the product carries a best before date of April 13, 2018.

An Aldi spokeswoman said: “Our Specially Selected Tikka King Prawns have been recalled from sale in our stores in Scotland and Berwick-upon-Tweed.

“This is a precautionary measure after testing detected the presence of salmonella in a very small sample of products.
“No other products or stores are affected and we have removed all affected products from our stores.

“Customers that have bought the products listed in our public recall notices should return them to their nearest store where they will receive a full refund.”

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2499075/aldi-prawns-recall-salmonella-food-poisoning-fears/

 

 

3 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Are potatoes now a cancer risk? Here’s what you need to know

Jan. 23, 2017              Sam Wong

Roast potatoes

Golden yellow is best
Chris Kerridge / Alamy Stock Photo

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a campaign warning of the cancer risk associated with cooking potatoes and other starchy foods at high temperatures. How worried should we be, and do we need to change the way we eat? New Scientist looks at the evidence

What’s the problem?

In a word, acrylamide. This chemical is used in lots of industrial processes, including water purification, and to separate DNA molecules in experiments. Acrylamide is also found in some foods.

Which foods contain acrylamide?

Acrylamide is made by something called the Maillard reaction, which browns cooked foods and gives them their pleasing flavour. As sugars and amino acids react together, they produce thousands of different chemicals. Particularly high levels of acrylamide are found in starchy foods, like potatoes and bread, when cooked at temperatures over 120 oC. The chemical can also be present in breakfast cereals, biscuits and coffee.

Is acrylamide dangerous?

In the body, acrylamide is converted into another compound, glycidamide, which can bind to DNA and cause mutations. Animal studies clearly show that acrylamide causes all sorts of cancers, but it’s hard to relate this to us.

“Although evidence from animal studies has shown that acrylamide in food could be linked to cancer, this link isn’t clear and consistent in humans,” says Emma Shields, at charity Cancer Research UK.

It’s much harder to study the effects of acrylamide in people, but there’s no reason to think that it couldn’t damage human DNA too. However, other lifestyle factors carry much more defined cancer risks. “It’s important to remember that there are many well-established factors like smoking, obesity and alcohol, which all have a big impact on the number of cancer cases in the UK,” said Shields."

snip

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2118565-are-potatoes-now-a-cancer-risk-heres-what-you-need-to-know/?utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=ILC&utm_campaign=webpush&cmpid=ILC%7CNSNS%7C2016-GLOBAL-webpush-POTATOCANCER

3 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Some of these professional scientists are truly incredible in their research. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but we (each of us) is going to die.  We started to die the moment we were born.  The goal is to remain as healthy and happy as we can during the days we are alive and yes, changes to diet and using alternative medicines do contribute to that objective.  If we all stopped eating the stuff they tell us will kill us we would all be dead already - from starvation.  LOL

6 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

E. Coli Outbreak in 11 States Now Linked to Chopped Romaine Lettuce

Ed Cara             April 13, 2018

 

"An initially mysterious outbreak of Escherichia coli has spread to at least 11 states since mid-March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. But the good news is that we’ve finally uncovered the source—the bland boy band of vegetables, romaine lettuce.

According to the latest update, the outbreak has infected at least 35 people living on both sides of the country. Idaho and Pennsylvania have reported the greatest number so far, eight and nine cases respectively. Twenty-two people have been hospitalized, including three who came down with a rare complication that causes kidney failure, known as hemolytic uremic syndrome. As of yet, there have been no deaths.

There was at first no common link apparent between the cases. But of the 28 people interviewed by the CDC, 26 said that they ate chopped romaine lettuce in the week before their symptoms. The CDC hasn’t implicated any single grower, supplier, distributor, or brand in the outbreak, though it did narrow down the contaminated lettuce’s likely origin to the Yuma, Arizona region."

snip

https://gizmodo.com/e-coli-outbreak-in-11-states-now-linked-to-chopped-rom-1825250469

2 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Rose Acre Farms Recalls Shell Eggs Due to Possible Health Risk

April 13, 2018  FDA

Contact
Consumers
 (855) 215-5730

"Through an abundance of caution Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana is voluntarily recalling 206,749,248 eggs because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella Braenderup can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella Braenderup can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The eggs were distributed from the farm in Hyde County, North Carolina and reached consumers in the following states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia through retail stores and restaurants via direct delivery.

22 illnesses have been reported to date.

The affected eggs, from plant number P-1065 with the Julian date range of 011 through date of 102 printed on either the side portion or the principal side of the carton or package, as follows:"

snip

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm604640.htm

2 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

E. coli outbreak warning expands to all types of romaine lettuce

 

Public health officials are now telling consumers to avoid all types of romaine lettuce from southwest Arizona because of an E. coli outbreak linked to the vegetable that has spread to at least 16 states and sickened at least 60 people, including eight inmates at an Alaska prison.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that new information about the illnesses in Alaska led them to expand a warning beyond chopped romaine to include any type of romaine lettuce, including whole heads and hearts of romaine.

Although the exact source hasn't been identified, federal health officials have said information indicates that the contaminated lettuce was grown in the Yuma, Ariz., area. But consumers anywhere in the United States who have store-bought romaine at home, including in salads and salad mixes, should throw it away immediately if they don't know its specific source, officials said — even if some had already been eaten with no ill effects.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2018/04/20/latest-e-coli-outbreak-warning-expands-to-all-romaine-lettuce/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.ae34495c4cfb

 

2 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

Kroger ground beef among 17.7 tons recalled for potential plastics contamination

 

A North Carolina food processor has recalled more than 17.7 tons of ground beef, some of which was sold in Kroger stores, for possible contamination with plastic bits, according to the Department of Agriculture.

JBS USA is recalling 35,464 pounds of raw ground beef processed at its Lenoir, N.C., facility for possible contamination with hard plastic pieces, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced late Wednesday. The recall comes after a consumer found blue, hard, plastic pieces in one of the products, the USDA says.

The department says there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of the products, which were produced March 22, 2018.

The ground beef, sold in a variety of packages, was shipped to distribution centers in Virginia and Indiana and sent to retailers including Kroger stores in North Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, Illinois and eastern West Virginia, as well as Food 4 Less and Jay C stores in the Midwest.  

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2018/05/03/kroger-ground-beef-among-35-000-pounds-recalled-potential-plastic-bits/576241002/

3 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dozens more reported sick from E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce

Aliza Chasan      May 9, 2018

"Dozens of new cases of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce were reported in the last week.

A total of 149 cases have been identified in 29 states. About 42 percent of those people have been hospitalized. One person died in California.

Locally, seven people were reported sick in New Jersey and two people were found with E. coli in New York, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Twenty people have been sickened in Pennsylvania and two people were reported sick in Connecticut.

The number of people who are sick might go up further because it takes an average of two to three weeks between when a person becomes sick with E. coli and when the illness is reported.

No one should buy or eat any romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region, officials said."

snip

http://pix11.com/2018/05/09/dozens-more-reported-sick-from-e-coli-outbreak-linked-to-romaine-lettuce/

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

More illnesses reported as salmonella outbreak traced to eggs grows

May 12, 2018      Faith Karimi

"A salmonella outbreak that led to the recall of 207 million eggs has worsened -- with 35 people reported ill in several states, federal health officials said.

The number of illnesses is a dozen more since the initial recall notice was issued last month.
The outbreak is linked to Rose Acre Farms, whose eggs were distributed to restaurants or sold at major grocery stores such as Walmart and Food Lion.
At least 11 people have been hospitalized due to complications, but no deaths have been reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday.

States and brands affected
The eggs were sold in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
Brands affected include Country Daybreak, Coburn Farms, Sunshine Farms, Great Value and Glenview. Consumers can check the Food and Drug Administration's website for a full list of recalled brands."

snip

https://us.cnn.com/2018/05/12/health/egg-recall-salmonella-outbreak-grows/

 

Canned dog food = skippy, Ol'roy, kibbles n bits, gravy train   could be contaminated with euthanasia drug.  Recommend returning for refund.  Info at same link as above.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0