Empty grocery store shelves are among the factors that some point to when arguing for a wholesale overhaul of the country’s food production.  |  Reuters/Carlos Osorio photo

Will the COVID crisis cause a food revolution?

Innovative technologies are waiting on the shelf, but will they finally be embraced?

There’s been lots of blather about exciting food and agriculture industry technological innovations. “Smart” everything has been talked about for more than a decade. My newspaper has published dozens of stories about the possibilities of blockchain. The “internet of things” is a term buzzing away at every farm and ag conference out there. But it’s […] Read more

The new rules, which replaced 14 commodity-based food regulations, are said to be the largest regulatory reform initiative in Canadian history.  |  Getty Images

Year-old food rules receive praise

Cancellation of an Ontario meat processor’s licence under the regulations has created capacity shortages in the province

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency conducted 3,306 investigations between Jan. 15, 2019, when new food regulations came into force, and Jan. 8, 2020. New regulations, focused on prevention and aimed at allowing for faster removal of unsafe food from the marketplace, are largely praised one year after being introduced. Replacing 14 existing commodity-based food regulations, […] Read more

The Fresh Express brand of a chopped sunflower salad mix is being recalled on suspicion of contamination with E. coli 0157:H7. It may be connected with illnesses reported in the United States from romaine lettuce.

Salad mix recalled

The Fresh Express brand of a chopped sunflower salad mix is being recalled on suspicion of contamination with E. coli 0157:H7. It may be connected with illnesses reported in the United States from romaine lettuce. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced the updated recall Dec. 12. The product may have been distributed nationally, but is […] Read more


In a May 1 news release, the agency said the system of Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs) is an option it can use to address federal violations and

Food safety penalties now in force

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency can now assess penalties of up to $15,000 to food businesses if they violate rules to protect food safety and market access of Canadian goods. In a May 1 news release, the agency said the system of Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs) is an option it can use to address federal […] Read more

The Compliments brand of chicken nuggets is subject to recall due to possible salmonella contamination. | CFIA photo

CFIA issues recall for chicken nuggets

The Compliments brand of chicken nuggets is subject to recall due to possible salmonella contamination. The product has been distributed throughout Canada, excluding Quebec. The warning issued today by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is an extension to another warning issued Jan. 25. People have reported illness as a result of eating the product. At […] Read more


Licensing, preventive controls and traceability for dairy products, eggs and processed fruit or vegetable products are all immediately in force. | File photo

New food safety rules come into play

New regulations governing food safety came into effect in Canada today. The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations are consistent with international standards, the government said, and focus on prevention as well as removing unsafe foods from the marketplace more quickly. Under the new rules, any food businesses that import or prepare food for export across […] Read more

Agent Orange rumour shows depth of misinformation

Rumours still persist that a powerful defoliant used in the Vietnam War is still used today and can found on food

The postings appear periodically on social media, placed by people critical of chemical manufacturers or who promote organic food or reduced chemical use in food crops. The postings are about Agent Orange, and they suggest that the powerful Vietnam War-era defoliant is being used today and can be found in food. Not true, says Joe […] Read more

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency updated its food recall warning yesterday for several types of raspberry mousse cakes distributed across Western Canada and possibly nationally. | CFIA photo

Mousse cakes recalled

A variety of mousse cakes first subject to recall Aug. 11 due to risk of norovirus now are the focus of an expanded recall to include a wider variety of products. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency updated its food recall warning yesterday for several types of raspberry mousse cakes distributed across Western Canada and possibly […] Read more


Consumers want fewer preservatives in food but they need to be prepared to pay for innovative packaging like vacuum-packed products in which air has been replaced with carbon dioxide and nitrogen to slow microbial growth.  |  Karen Morrison photo

Good things come in safe packages

Demands for fewer preservatives can mean a reduction in shelf life, freshness, appearance and flavour

TORONTO — Fewer ingredients in food products could mean a higher cost and shorter shelf life. Carol Zweep, manager of packaging, food and label compliance at NSF International, said some ingredients are necessary for food safety and “product functionality.” “There are a lot of chemical sounding names, but they have a function and sometimes can’t […] Read more

An Alberta law firm has launched a class action lawsuit against Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. following the nationwide food safety recall that involved Robin Hood all-purpose flour milled in Saskatoon. | Brian Cross photo

Recalled flour products focus of lawsuit

An Alberta law firm has launched a class action lawsuit against Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. following the nationwide food safety recall that involved Robin Hood all-purpose flour milled in Saskatoon. James H. Brown and Associates of Edmonton filed a statement of claim on March 31 against Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. Claimants are seeking […] Read more