CFIA should release food test results

The organic movement was served a toxic dish recently when the media disclosed that a Canadian Food In-spection Agency study suggests organic food contains pesticide residues. The report claimed that half of a sample of organic products randomly tested had traces of pesticides. To explain why results were not disseminated when the study was completed […] Read more


Consumers need info to reduce food waste

Increasing concerns about food waste in the West recently led a former top executive in the food retail business to develop a business model in which food waste is reduced upstream from consumers. His concept, The Daily Table, is proposed as a chain of hybrid grocery store-restaurants cooking on-site with expired food products and then […] Read more


XL recall had positive effect on food safety

Food safety crises often lead to better things. The XL Foods recall, the largest in Canadian history, happened just over a year ago, and has arguably had a positive impact on industry and regulations alike. The latest Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm recall involving raw milk cheeses will likely not be an exception either. In that […] Read more



BSE and the legacy of a national crisis

Most would agree that the discovery of BSE in Canada in May 2003 wasn’t really a food safety crisis, at least in this country. In retrospect, it was primarily a trade crisis. As domestic demand for beef shattered records in Canada that year, 35 countries, including the United States and Japan, overnight issued an embargo […] Read more


Welcome to new normal in food safety

Food traceability, which is a powerful tool to mitigate risks across food supply chains, does not guarantee food safety and integrity. Even so, the challenge of tracking food products and ingredients upstream and downstream touches on the core of what is required to manage risks posed by the new normal in the business of food […] Read more



Happy consumers may buy more food

While America was pondering who to elect as president, California was contemplating Proposition 37. It would have required genetically modified organisms in food to be labelled. It failed at the ballots, but it has inspired a broader referendum about our continental food supply. Some think it could influence Canada’s policies on food labelling in the […] Read more


Happy consumers may buy more food

While America was pondering who to elect as president, California was contemplating Proposition 37. It would have required genetically modified organisms in food to be labelled. It failed at the ballots, but it has inspired a broader referendum about our continental food supply. Some think it could influence Canada’s policies on food labelling in the […] Read more


Allergen labels allow some peace of mind

Canada is not a world leader on food labelling, but it’s close. Many parents and school board bureaucrats across the country probably expressed a sigh of relief when Canada’s new food allergen labelling regulations, ann-ounced in February 2011, came into force Aug. 4. The Canadian food industry was given 18 months to implement the new […] Read more



Embrace the new normal in agriculture

As the worst drought in a half century persists in the United States Midwest crop region, prices for crops soar. Corn recently increased nearly 50 percent in just six weeks, soybeans for August delivery rose 44.5 cents, and wheat prices reached the highest level since the spring of 2008. Not surprisingly, consumers are concerned about […] Read more