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Round 4: International Food Safety Round-Up

The fourth food safety round-up has already arrived for the year. This quick international run down on what has been happening in world of food safety.

Canada Recalls Oysters

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is investigating Fisherman’s Market International Inc.’s recall of oysters. This Standard Northern Nova Oysters is normally is used for raw consumption. The recalled product seems to be infected by a bacterium that can occur at high levels in coastal waters during warm summer months. Fortunately, no illnesses have been reported this far…but rather be safe than sorry, right?

Danger For The Moon Festival

For many Chinese people, it is about to crack open the boxes of mooncake to celebrate the Moon Festival coming this Thursday. But Hong Kong Health officials have launched an investigation of Macau’s food safety authority. They found samples of a carcinogenic substance in mooncakes sold by a Hong Kong bakery. Even in small quantities, this chemical is very dangerous and is counted as one of the most potent carcinogens around! Authorities are urgently recalling this product.

E. coli Outbreak in The States

More specifically, Seattle has become the next victim of a food poisoning bout. Matador, a Mexican restaurant, was shut down last Friday after being found as an imminent health hazard. It was also the target of an investigation into a local outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections. Last month alone, it has caused 5 cases of food poisoning, with 3 of the victims being hospitalised.

We hope you enjoyed this food safety round-up and we’ll keep you posted with another one sometime soon.

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