Recall expands beyond Romaine lettuce
December 18, 2018 - Adam Bros. Farming Inc. is recalling more than its Romaine lettuce after the United States Food and Drug Administration found E. coli in Romaine at its farm in California.
Contaminated irrigation water appears to be the source of the deadly food-poisoning bacteria, E. coli 0157:H7.
The company said in a news release it is voluntarily recalling red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce and cauliflower, harvested from Nov. 27 through Nov. 30.
The company said the products did not test positive for E. coli, but were recalled "out of an abundance of caution," because the produce was grown near the location where the FDA found E. coli matching the strain in the outbreak.
So far 22 Canadians and more than 55 Americans have suffered food poisoning linked to Romaine lettuce.
The U.S. FDA has said there may be more contaminated Romaine than just what came from the Adam Bros. farming operations.
It is advising the market to dump Romaine from four counties in Central Coastal California. Earlier, before it narrowed the source, it advised the market to dump all Romaine from anywhere in the U.S.
Police charge arson at University of Guelph
December 18, 2018 - Police have arrested a man for arson after three fires were deliberately set recently at the University of Guelph.
A 23-year-old man from Guelph was arrested following an investigation in collaboration with campus police.
The man is charged with multiple counts of arson related to the damage of property and disregard for human life.
Romaine recall updated
December 14, 2018 - The United States Food and Drug Administration has issued a new warning about food-poisoning risk in romaine and lettuce from California.
It has narrowed its search to central coastal California and specifically the California counties of Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Barbara and it has found E. coli on the Adam Bros. farm in Santa Barbara, but said there are probably more farms involved.
The FDA also updated its tally of sickened people, adding 17 for a new total of 59 in 15 states. Canada has also warned consumers to throw out romaine.
Areas not linked to the outbreak include the desert growing region near Yuma, Arizona; the California desert growing region near Imperial County and Riverside County; the state of Florida; and Mexico.
The CDC said if you don’t know where your lettuce came from, throw it out. Do not eat it.
Ontario had good maple syrup run
December 14, 2018 - Statistics Canada reports that Ontario had the best maple syrup run since 2011, an increase of 9.4 per cent from 2017 and a total of 2.1 million litres.
But Quebec production was down by 22.4 per cent and New Brunswick by 34.5 per cent so the national total was down by 21.7 per cent to a three-year low of 44.5 million litres.
Honey production was down by 2.9 per cent to 42 million kilograms, even though there were a record number of beekeepers (10,629) and bee colonies (796,764).
Wendy’s to monitor beef producers
December 14, 2018 - One day after McDonald’s announced it will be pressuring beef farmers on antibiotic use, Wendy’s Co. announced that plus several other standards.
It is entering a partnership with Progressive Beef to implement a beef supply program focusing on standards for animal welfare, food safety, antibiotic use and environmental sustainability.
The third-party verification program will start next year and will cover half of its beef supply by 2021, the company said.
The program focuses on three core areas, which will be verified by USDA-approved auditors:
• Cattle care: providing a safe, humane environment for cattle through staff training on management practices and hands-on veterinary care.
• Food safety and antibiotic use: responsibly using antibiotics under the supervision of a veterinarian and with thorough record-keeping, strictly adhering to withdrawal times, utilizing HACCP principles and ensuring a clean and safe environment for the animals.
• Environmental sustainability: responsibly utilizing natural resources while investing in the people who care for the cattle and the local communities through staff training and certification.
Sick toll rises to 333 in JBS salmonella issue
December 14, 2018 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified 87 additional cases of Salmonella Newport food poisoning linked to beef recalled by JBS Tolleson of Arizona.
That brings the total to 333 people scattered over 28 states.
The beef was marketed to more than 100 retailers.
Ninety-one people required hospital treatment, but nobody has died.
The recalled beef products, including ground beef, were packaged from July 26 to Sept. 7. They are marked from EST. 267.
JBS Tolleson recalled 6.9 million pounds of beef products on Oct. 4 and another 5.2 million pounds on Dec. 4.