Poor kitchen hygiene equals illness

TORONTO — When incidents of food-borne illness erupt in Canada, the search for a culprit usually turns to the farm or food processing sectors. However, a new report from the Conference Board of Canada argues that the attention paid to those two parts of the food chain is usually exaggerated. Of almost seven million cases […] Read more

Loblaw official takes heat over food safety comment

Farmers’ market advocates wasted no time demanding a retraction after the head of Canada’s largest grocery store chain said produce from farmers’ markets will kill a consumer someday. Loblaw Cos. Ltd. quickly said executive chair Galen Weston was simply calling for more food inspection throughout the system and not singling out farmers’ markets. But in […] Read more

Food inspection agency needs to provide clear answers to calm concerns

Lord knows, MPs do not typically look to journalists for ideas on what they should be doing, but here is a suggestion, offered free-of-charge. A parliamentary committee, agriculture or other, would be doing the country a service by launching hearings into what is going on at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. It is one of […] Read more

Imported food faces less scrutiny

Food imports face far less rigorous inspection than Canadian food exports and the result is a Canadian population at risk, says the president of the union representing federal food inspectors. Bob Kingston, president of the agriculture union of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, also accused a senior Canadian Food Inspection Agency official Feb. 15 […] Read more