Food Safety

  • 5 technologies that will help make the food system carbon-neutral

    May 20, 2022
    By Rene Van Acker, Evan Fraser, and Lenore Newman Globally, about one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture and the food system. The carbon footprint of food systems includes all the emissions from its growing, processing, transportation, and waste. Agriculture is also vulnerable to the effects of climate change and, as the conflict in Ukraine ...
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  • Climate change is now on the menu at seafood restaurants

    May 17, 2022
    By William W. L. Cheung Restaurant menus across the West Coast of Canada will soon see an influx of squid and sardine dishes, while the popular sockeye salmon makes a slow exit. As it turns out, climate change may have something to do with this. Restaurants update their menus all the time and this often goes unnoticed ...
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  • Food waste equals wasted opportunity for Canada’s food sector

    April 13, 2022
    A new report from food rescue organization Second Harvest has illustrated the severity of Canada’s food waste problem and suggested some core solutions that the food industry can implement to resolve the issue. Second Harvest’s findings show that Canada’s food system wastes almost all of the surplus edible food it produces, when it could instead be ...
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  • The delicate balance between grocery store profit & food security

    April 12, 2022
    By Janet Music & Sylvain Charlebois Food prices in Canada continue to soar in the face of labour shortages, the rising cost of goods and supply chain disruptions. Statistics Canada recently reported that the food inflation rate in the country has reached 7.4 per cent and that it will most likely rise again in the coming ...
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  • Seafood companies call for higher traceability standards

    March 24, 2022
    Seafood companies in Canada are calling on the federal government to bolster the standards around the traceability of seafood products across the country. A group of 26 grocery chains, seafood industry stakeholders, and experts want the government to commit to a timeline and plan to fulfil its mandate to implement boat-to-plate traceability for seafood. The House ...
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  • Canadian Food Innovation Network programs proving popular

    November 10, 2021
    The Canadian Food Innovation Network (CFIN) launched new Food Innovation Challenge and Innovation Booster funding programs in recent weeks, and they’re being met with great enthusiasm. The inaugural programs are connecting with food innovators across Canada and helping food sector leaders find ways to invigorate their businesses through innovation. “As a new organization launching programs amidst both a pandemic and an election, ...
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  • Testing high-touch surfaces in grocery stores for COVID-19

    October 6, 2021
    By Maleeka Singh, Lawrence Goodridge, Maria G. Corradini, Robert Hanner, and Steven Newmaster As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, and the virus continues to circulate, the transmission risks of everyday interactions may become an ongoing concern. A recent study at the University of Guelph looked at the risk of COVID-19 exposure from high-touch surfaces within grocery stores ...
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  • 3 ways restaurant staff & customers can communicate to prevent food allergy reactions

    September 24, 2021
    By Timothy Wingate, Joshua Bourdage, Malika Khakhar, and Samantha Jones Public health researchers have called food allergy reactions “a growing public health epidemic in Canada” affecting around one in 13 Canadians and one in five Canadian households. Dining out can be risky and stressful for people with allergies, in part because many restaurant employees lack the ...
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  • How carpet cleanliness affects consumer confidence

    August 18, 2021
    Impressions about cleanliness in restaurants start from the ground up, and carpet cleanliness is a key factor in creating confidence in consumers. In the wake of the pandemic, assuring visitors of a facility’s commitment to cleanliness is paramount. New research from Whittaker conducted online by The Harris Poll from Aug. 5-9, 2021, among 2,056 U.S. adults found ...
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  • Restaurant cleaning for post-pandemic challenges

    July 21, 2021
    As the world continues to re-emerge from COVID-19 restrictions, operators must be sure to prepare for the increase in foot traffic and restaurant cleaning expectations while also addressing hiring challenges. In particular, the increased hygiene and safety demands of consumers in the pandemic age mean more focus than ever before must be placed on maintaining ...
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  • U.S. follows Canada with sesame allergy labelling law

    April 28, 2021
    There is good news for consumers with a sesame allergy, as food packaging in the United States will be legally obligated to list sesame as an ingredient from the start of 2023. The newly passed Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act of 2021 denotes sesame as America’s ninth “major allergen.” The law will ...
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  • Three steps to avoiding washroom pests

    April 7, 2021
    Washroom pests should be the last thing on your guests’ minds. That’s only possible if pest management remains a focus. By Alice Sinia Washroom care is critical to creating a favourable impression. Patrons expect facilities to be in sanitary and working order, which means routine vigilance must be taken in these delicate areas. Hopefully, washroom pests are ...
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  • Dalhousie releases study of Canada’s comparative food safety

    March 26, 2021
    The Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University, with the financial support of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), says it is “proudly” releasing a study of Canada’s food safety regulations in comparison with those from around the industrialized world. The report is intended to identify emerging trends that should be taken into account when the Safe Food ...
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  • Retaining the divided attention of post-COVID QSR customers

    March 19, 2021
    Quick Service Restaurants face an uncertain future. Here’s how they can win in a digital marketplace with customers staying at home. By Peter Klayman With the pandemic altering the definition of “normal” across industries, Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) have been amongst the fortunate few able to stay afloat. While foot traffic to fast food and casual dining ...
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  • Canadian consumer confidence in food safety rebounding

    March 15, 2021
    A new report from Dalhousie University suggests that consumer confidence in Canadian food safety is rebounding, one year after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dalhousie’s Agri-Food Analytics Lab, in partnership with Caddle, surveyed over 10,000 Canadians at the end of February 2021. The participants were surveyed on consumer confidence and satisfaction. Overall, there were positive ...
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