Beef irradiation is long overdue in Canada

More than 40 years of research on food irradiation shows that the process is trustworthy

Beef irradiation is long overdue in CanadaWill the benefits of food irradiation be overwhelmed by Canadians’ fear of the technology? Food irradiation may not sound appetizing – images of X-ray machines and atomic bombs quickly come to mind for many people. But Health Canada is considering the use of food irradiation for beef products. And so a national debate will be sparked. The…

Genetically-modified salmon set to hit the market

Labelling regulations need to be modified so consumers have final word on the technology

Genetically-modified salmon set to hit the marketGenetically-modified salmon will soon be on Canada's supermarket shelves, but are retailers and consumers prepared? After four years of testing, Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have approved AquaBounty Technologies’ genetically-modified salmon for retail sale in Canada. Given that the mighty U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the same technology six months ago, Canada’s…

Canadian cattle industry faces a growing crisis

The Earls restaurant controversy is just the tip of the iceberg for a Canadian industry that has been slow to adapt to changing needs

Canadian cattle industry faces a growing crisisThe Earls restaurant decision to turn to a U.S. supplier for humanely-produced beef points to a significant problem for the future of the cattle industry in Canada. The Earls decision follows a similar one by A&W a few years ago. That chain had to procure beef from Montana and Australia for its “no hormones, no steroids”…

Food safety is about addressing factual and perceptual risks

Campbell Soup's decision to be bisphenol A free by mid-2017 is more about perception than evidence-based science

Food safety is about addressing factual and perceptual risksA recent study by environmental groups suggests that more than 70 per cent of food cans in major Canadian retail stores contain bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical often linked to health complications. In fact, many studies have suggested that BPA can mimic the hormone estrogen and conceivably affect behaviour and neurological development in infants and young children.…

Denmark supermarket selling expired food products

The store’s aim is to reduce waste, repurpose unwanted food and raise funds for regions of the world where food supply is an issue

Denmark supermarket selling expired food productsApparently Copenhagen is home to the world's first supermarket to intentionally sell expired food products. It's about time. WeFood stems from a community-led effort. The charitable organization officially opened in February after a successful crowd-funding effort and is operated by volunteers. The store’s aim is to reduce waste, repurpose unwanted food and raise funds for regions of the world…

GMO salmon means there are now bigger fish to fry

The case for GMO salmon is compelling: twice as fast growth, 25% less food to produce, high protein conversion rate

GMO salmon means there are now bigger fish to fryAquaBounty has apparently become aquaculture’s Monsanto. The company’s genetically-engineered Atlantic salmon has just made history by achieving U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for human consumption. But some major American supermarkets, including Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Aldi, Target and Kroger, are already saying they will boycott the product. As biotechnologies make their way to the supermarkets and our…

Food fraud days are numbered

With better technology in the hands of the consumer, food fraud will begin to disappear

Food fraud days are numberedDate tampering in food stores is in the news again, and horrified consumers want to know how it can be stopped. Over the last 12 months, reports from B.C., Ontario, Alberta and Quebec suggest store employees have been asked to repurpose food products and change expiry dates. Products include dairy, meats, and even fish and seafood.…

Food fraud leaves a bad taste

Food fraudsters' days numbered because of technological advances

Food fraud leaves a bad tasteIf you think Canada is immune to fraudulent food labels, think again. Chances are, you have unknowingly purchased a food product with an inaccurate food label. Regulators and the food industry are beginning to realize that the problem is far more widespread than first supposed. For example, a recent study in the U.S. revealed a…

Realism and transparency taking over food industry

Twitter’s haiku-like restrictions, where brevity is key, are starting to dominate ingredient labels

Realism and transparency taking over food industryRecently, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut announced that they are phasing out the use of artificial colours and flavours in their ingredients, and a number of other companies seem eager to jump on the increasingly crowded bandwagon. Food naturalization is a very cheap, quick, and convenient way to change consumer perception while maintaining the nutritional…

Frankenfood follies put world at peril

GMOs may be the only way to avoid catastrophic global water and food shortages

Frankenfood follies put world at perilThe UN’s annual World Water Development Report, published in March, warned that unless the balance between demand and supplies is restored the world will face a “global water deficit” of 40 per cent by 2030. Two weeks ago, protestors in hundreds of cities in 38 countries rallied against agricultural research giant Monsanto’s genetically modified plant…