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Stepping up food safety at home

2018-09-18 12:29 PM

Stepping up food safety at home

Canadians: You Need to Step Up Your Home Food Safety Game

Most Canadians are vigilant and aware of food safety processes when dining out, but multiple studies show that they are not nearly as aware of their own food safety practices in the home. A recent poll conducted by the federal government revealed that Canadians are actually becoming less aware of proper food handling and preparation guidelines, as well as the dangers associated with foodborne illnesses. The study revealed that even pregnant women and seniors responded that they do not feel more at risk for developing foodborne illness or food poisoning.
 
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Dangers of Food Recalls

2018-05-23 12:49 PM

Dangers of Food Recalls

Canadians and the Dangers of Food Recalls

A recent study conducted by researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia revealed shocking revelations about Canadians and their relationship with food recalls. The study, lead by Dean of Management Sylvain Charlebois, revealed that Canadians regularly underestimate the severity of food contamination and food recalls, instead putting their trust into a system which many experts believe is not properly communicating the hazards of recalled food with the public.
 

Study conducted at Dalhousie University

The Dalhousie University study revealed that many Canadians had been unaware of many of the major food recalls that had taken place in the previous years. More than 1,000 Canadians were surveyed about recalls issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency - including the 2017 flour recall caused by an E. coli outbreak and the 2016 listeria-related frozen foods recall - with only 37% and 40% of those surveyed respectively responding that they had been aware of these major recalls.
 
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When we’re handling food, we may pay special attention to expiry dates on dairy products and practice safe handling with meat, but the recent recall of Robin Hood flour nationwide illustrates how we should never regard any food product as “safe”, either at home or in a foodservice operation.

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