Numerous meat products recalled in B.C., including beef, chicken, veal, sausages, sandwiches, salads, and more

The Georgia Straight –  Craig Takeuchi on October 18th, 2019


Over the past few months, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has been announcing a large number of meat products being recalled throughout Canada, including British Columbia.

The products include chicken, beef, veal, sausages, sandwiches, meat salads, and more.

While some of the products have been primarily distributed within the food industry (to institutions, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and more), others have been sold in grocery stores such as Safeway, IGA, Sobey’s, Urban Fare, and Overwaitea.  

The reasons for the recalls are either for possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes or E. coli contamination. 

Information about E. coli and Listeria, including symptoms, risks, and treatment, is available at the Health Canada website. 

For those who are wondering why there are so many meat recalls, CTV News explained on October 16 that more stringent safety guidelines came into effect in January, resulting in stricter CFIA standards, and is not a result of a more risky meat market.

Here is a roundup of the food products distributed in B.C. that are being recalled.

Chicken and sandwiches

On October 1, the CFIA announced that HQ Fine Foods began recalling its Quality Fast Foods sandwiches with a variety of ingredients due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The products include:

  • Deli Chicken Salad Sandwich White (188 grams) with UPC 0 58578 47537 9;
  • Deli Roast Beef and Cheese Sandwich White (196 grams) with UPC 0 58578 47533 1;
  • Deli Egg Salad Sandwich White (188 grams) with UPC 0 58578 47535 5.

All have a date code stating “Best Before OC 03 OC 10“.

Then on October 2, Sobey’s initiated a recall of specific sandwiches and in-store-made chicken salads for the same reason.

The products include:

  • at IGA: classic chicken salad, in-store-made chicken salad, chicken mulligatawny salad, and classic meal chicken salad;
  • at Safeway: buffalo chicken salad, in-store-made chicken salad, classic meal chicken salad, chicken mulligatawny salad, chicken salad sandwich, mini croissant chicken salad, and curried chicken salad with raisins;
  • at Sobey’s: classic chicken salad, classic meal chicken salad, chicken mulligatawny salad, buffalo chicken salad, and curried chicken salad with raisins.

On October 3, Urban Fare’s Yaletown location (177 Davie Street) began a recall of two products:

  • Curried Chicken and Mango Salad Wrap (395 grams, UPC 286520 307991, with all date codes);
  • Curry Chicken Apricot Salad (300 grams, UPC 286173 605499, with all date codes).

On October 4, PoCo’s Hometown Grocer (2535 Shaugnessy Street, Port Coquitlam) started recalling its in-store-made chicken salad (with UPC starting with 203799 and date codes up to and including “PACKED ON 2019.SE.30” “BEST BEFORE 2019.OC.07”).

Wong Wing’s Chicken Chow Mein (400 grams, UPC 0 69459 02116 5, and various date codes), which is sold nationally, also started being recalled on the same day.

These products are part of an ongoing investigation into chicken products that may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

For a complete list of affected chicken products, which includes numerous other chicken products in B.C., visit the CFIA website.


Corned beef and pastrami

On October 11, the CFIA announced that Save on Foods began recalling two specific corned beef products due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

One product was corned beef (in variable sizes) served at the deli counter with a UPC starting with 298230 and with dates codes (indicating when they were packed) from 2019.SE.25 to 2019.OC.10 inclusively.

Save on Foods’ corned beef and swiss cheese sandwich, with a UPC starting with 281300 and dates codes (indicating when they were packed) from 2019.SE.25 to 2019.OC.10 inclusively.

Then on October 12, the CFIA stated that Nossack Fine Meats began a recall (for the same reason) of Butcher’s Pride Corned Beef (with date code BEST BEFORE 2019NO27) and Pastrami (with date code BEST BEFORE 2019NO27) in variable sizes and no UPC.


On September 26, the CFIA announced that G. Brandt Meat Packers issued a national recall for Brant brand Extra Lean Kolbassa Sausage (250 grams) due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The affected product has UPC 7 73321 47480 4 and a date code of “BEST BEFORE 19OC19”.

Then on October 16, ready-to-eat dry sausage products from Ontario began being recalled in several provinces due to potential Salmonella contamination.

The product distributed in B.C. is Filicetti Foods’ Italian Style Sausage (mild, dry-cured sausage) with product code 611 and no UPC, sold in variable sizes.


Beef and veal

Beginning on October 1, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency began announcing a series of recalls for beef and veal products from Rydling-Regency Meat Packers and St. Ann’s Foods/Rydling-Regency Meat Packers due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination.

The list of affected products has since grown to be quite extensive.

One recalled product sold to B.C. consumers at a supermarket, as announced on October 15, is Fast Fresh Fabulous’ Bacon Wrapped Petite Tender Medallions, sold at Overwaitea in B.C.

All other products were distributed to food-service establishments (including restaurants and hotels), institutions (including care homes, hospitals, and cafeterias), and retailers.

On October 1, the CFIA announced that Rydling-Regency Meat Packers began a recall of Rydling-Regency Meat Packers’ brand of raw beef and raw veal products due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination.

The products were distributed nationally in food-service establishments, including hotels and restaurants.

The extensive list includes products such as beef tenderloin, striploin, and blade flanks to veal ribs, flanks, and clods.

The list of this brand of products was expanded to include updates relevant to B.C. on October 2, 3, and 4, and 8.

On October 6, the list was joined by the Beef Boutique, which began recalling its raw beef products, including its six-ounce beef burger (product number 2530450 and date code Packed 19/06/12) and lean ground beef (product numbers 2614850 and 2664250 and date codes Packed 19/06/14 and Packed 19/06/12).

On October 7, the recall expanded to include food products prepared by Centennial Foods, which included beef patties, beef burgers, and ground beef. These products were distributed to food-service establishments and included hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals, and nursing homes.

HelloFresh’s lean ground beef (250 and 500 grams) was added to the B.C. list on October 9.

On October 11, Schneiders’ SCH Tasty Brd Veal Cutlette (4.54 kilograms) and several of MacGregors Meat and Seafood’s veal shanks, veal rack, and veal rack chops (sold nationally to restaurants) were added.

A full list of these products, including identifying codes and products that are specific to other provinces, is available at the CFIA websiteYou can follow Craig Takeuchi on Twitter at @cinecraig or on Facebook


Lies, Damned Lies, and Government Nutrition Advice – Video 50 min

Corbett Report – Oct 18, 2019 – Video 50 min


Nutrition science is almost always a hot, steaming pile of contradictory nonsense. How much worse, then, that our eating habits and dietary guidelines are shaped by the government (and its corporate string-pullers)? Join James for this extra tasty, sugar-free, all organic, non-GMO edition of The Corbett Report.


The great death of insects | DW Documentary 42 min

DW – Oct 17, 2019 – Video 42 min (English)

Insects are dying out and scientists and environmentalists are sounding the alarm. Our film team meets entomologists, farmers, scientists, chemical companies and politicians in a bid to lay bare the causes of insect mortality.

Insects aren’t really likeable. They sting, bite, transmit diseases and frighten children. But, on the other hand, they are also fascinating: 480 million years ago, insects were the first animals to learn to fly, and they took over the Earth. Even now, they are fundamental to life on Earth, and are at the beginning of the food chain on which all human beings are ultimately dependent. But insect numbers worldwide are dropping, creating a rupture of the food chain. Environmentalists and scientists are now extremely worried. Landscape ecology professor Alexandra-Maria Klein from Freiburg, for example, has been researching the effects of human interventions in natural environments for decades and has launched an experiment in a fruit plantation on Lake Constance: What happens when insects disappear? An ominous silence is settling on places that were once humming and buzzing. Why are the insects dying? Author Christoph Würzburger takes a journey into the fascinating world of insects and meets entomologists, farmers, scientists, chemical companies and politicians in a search for the causes of insect mortality.


This New Documentary Says Meat Will Kill You. Here’s Why It’s Wrong.

Men’s Health – PAUL KITA SEP 16, 2019

Extensive review and critique of the new documentary , “The Game Changers”. Recommend reading the whole review…Ken Billings, editor, FOOD Justice NEWS…

REF: IMDB The Game Changers (2018)

If you were to say the words “plant-based” to someone 15 years ago, they might have stared at you, head tilted slightly, and said, “Huh?”

That’s because 15 years ago the term didn’t really exist. Neither did Forks Over Knives, or Impossible Burgers, or fake chicken at KFC.

Now everyone from Mike Tyson to your mother-in-law is eating plant-based, and reporting that they’ve lost weight, dropped their cholesterol levels, and increased the amount of pep in their step at least threefold. And a new documentary called The Game Changers is pushing the “plant-based” lifestyle even further. The film, produced by James Cameron, argues that eating any animal products—including meat, fish, eggs, and dairy—can hinder athletic performance, wreak havoc on your heart, impair sexual function, and lead to an early death. In the film, James Wilks, a former MMA fighter, narrates his personal journey of switching from a diet that included animal products to one that doesn’t.

Throughout the film, Wilks cites scientific research, interviews numerous medical doctors, and features a number of vegan and vegetarian athletes (although those words, “vegan” and “vegetarian” are rarely uttered).

“Veganism and vegetarian are stigmatized,” Wilks said, in an interview with Men’s Health. “We’re not trying to tell people to go vegan. We are presenting the facts and letting people make their own decisions.”

Except that The Game Changers presents only one side of the facts, often via controversial sources, grand extrapolations from small studies, and statements that are flat-out misleading.

Here’s are three things The Game Changers gets wrong and one thing it gets right.


Top 8 Natural Bleach Alternatives & DIY Household Cleaner Recipes

Health and Natural World by By Jenny Hills

Some people use bleach to eliminate mildew and mold. Others sterilize objects, shine dishware and clean toilets. Bleach has become such a convenient part of our daily lives that many people tend to overlook the dangers of it.

The Dangers of Bleach

The chemical makeup of bleach is a corrosive mixture that can cause more harm than good. When mixed in certain environments it creates deadly poisonous gas.Advertisement

Pets are susceptible to its vapors. Direct contact with the skin can cause intense irritation and burning. Even with vast knowledge of the complicated chemistry behind bleach’s dangers, it’s never an entirely safe option.

Bleach becomes an even less attractive option when you consider the wealth of safe alternatives with parallel effectiveness. The bleach alternatives listed below let you bid farewell to the dangers and noxious smell of bleach with effective and safe results.

I will also share with you a simple, cheap and effective cleaners that can be used to clean the dirtier part of your house – your toilet.

Eight Great Alternatives to Bleach

1. Vinegar

When you overlook the potent smell, this cure-all liquid is a home maintenance tool with a ton of useful properties. Not to mention it’s completely safe, many people even use different forms of it for cooking and condiments. You can use it to replace bleach when doing your laundry at home.

For laundry, the acetic properties of vinegar will help brighten your clothes and remove leftover soap residue. Simply add 1 cup of distilled vinegar to a pot of boiling water and let it sit a few minutes. A few minutes after removing from heat, add the clothes and let them sit overnight. On the following day remove the clothes and wash them like you normally would.

Further reading: 10 surprising household uses for vinegar.

2. Baking Soda

Baking Soda is yet another safely consumable alternative that people have used in a variety of settings. It’s been used to make toothpaste, treat bug bites, wash dishware, clean ovens, deodorize your home, the list goes on…

The greatest way to replace bleach with baking soda is during laundry. The alkali properties help when it comes to breaking down greasy stains and residue. By adding ½ cup of baking soda to your regular powdered laundry detergent your clothes will come out cleaner and with less odor than usual.

Further reading: 9 uses for baking soda as a kitchen medicine.

Natural Toilet Cleaner with Baking soda and Vinegar

Here is a cheap, simple and effective cleaner that can be used to clean what’s considered to be the dirtiest part of the house – the toilet. Baking soda is excellent for removing stains while white vinegar has antiseptic/disinfectant properties. Both substances neutralize the odor and are safe for everyone.

You will need:

1 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup baking soda


Pour the white vinegar into the toilet bowl and brush the toilet bowl with the vinegar.
Let it sit for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes take your toilet brush and dip it into the toilet to wet it. Take it out and sprinkle some baking soda onto the brush.
Clean the inside of the toilet with the brush while repeating the baking soda sprinkle procedure until the baking soda is gone.
That’s it – the toilet is clean.Advertisement

3. Hydrogen Peroxide

Plenty of people shy away from this product because there is slight intimidation associated with the chemical name. In actuality this non-toxic disinfectant is far safer and just as effective as bleach in several residential applications. Hydrogen peroxide can be used in the kitchen, laundry room and even the bathroom as a hygienic aid.

To brighten laundry, add ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide with laundry detergent before a routine wash. Mix in a spray bottle with a bit of water and use it in the kitchen to clean cutting boards, sponges, and even vegetables of bacteria. In the bathroom you can use it for whiter nails and even as a mouthwash to kill bacteria when diluted with water (and rinsed thoroughly without swallowing).

Further reading: 11 amazing uses for hydrogen peroxide

4. Lemon Juice

Another great alternative to bleach might be a lemon sitting in your fridge or atop a fruit basket. The acidic properties of lemon make them a non-toxic way to clean and disinfect kitchen materials such as cutting boards and trays. Not to mention they also leave behind a much more pleasant scent than bleach.

To use lemon juice as an alternative to bleach, cut the lemon in half and rub it on to the affected area. You can also drain the juice and mix it with water in a spray bottle. Some people toss the finished rinds down a garbage disposal to clean them out.

Further reading: How to use lemon as a medicine.

5. Castile Soap

Castile styled soap is made from olive oil with techniques that dates back over several centuries of Spanish history. Its effectiveness combined with natural ingredients makes it an appealing alternative to bleach. Many soaps are made of chemical detergents, but Castile soap is entirely biodegradable and safe to use around pets and family.Advertisement

Most people dilute the Castile soap with water and use it to clean bathrooms, dishes and cookware. It makes a great laundry detergent when combined with white vinegar, baking soda, washing soda and borax. Some have also used Castile soap as shampoo for both people and pets, floor cleaning solution, toothpaste and carpet cleaner. You can also combine a tablespoon of Castile soap with several cups of water in a spray bottle and safely clean your produce of bacteria.

Further reading: The most ingenious uses for Castile soap.

6. Borax

Borax is a mixture of a mineral and salt and has become a useful component in several applications. It’s commonly used as a detergent, in cosmetics, a fire retardant and even as an antifungal agent.

It’s commonly mixed in with laundry detergent to give it a cleaning power boost, but it can also serve as a disinfectant. Its gritty properties makes it an ideal ingredient for scrubbing and cleaning dirty and grimy surfaces. When mixed with Castile soap and water it becomes a great way to scrub sinks and toilets clean.

Natural Toilet Cleaner with Borax and Vinegar

You will need:

1 cup Borax
1/2 cup white vinegar in a spray bottle


Flush the toilet to wet the sides of the bowl and sprinkle the Borax around the rim and sides of toilet.
Spray the white vinegar over the Borax and allow to sit for several hours or overnight.
Clean thoroughly with a toilet brush until the bowl is clean.

Natural Household Cleaner Recipe with Borax and Essential oils

Have you noticed that many of our household cleaners and home deodorizers have lemon and pine smells? Well, it is not an accident that we associate lemon and pine smells with cleanliness. Essential oils have the potential to kill germs, destroy bacteria and eliminate bad odor due to their antiseptic qualities. The good thing about essential oils is that they don’t only cover up bad odors, but actually change the chemical molecular structure.Advertisement

There have been many studies about the effectiveness of essential oils in disinfecting room air. According to these studies, essential oils are rich in components that have germ killing properties. The most well known of the tested microorganisms that were dramatically inhibited by the diffusion of essential oils was E. coli that can cause serious food poisoning in humans, and is occasionally responsible for product returns due to food contamination. Some essential oils work directly on neutralizing these harmful organisms.

Dr. Jean Valnet, who was a medical doctor in Paris and was also an army physician and surgeon, experimented with essential oils in the post World War II years, and established amazing results. One of them was to demonstrate the anti-bacterial properties of eucalyptus essential oil. He found out that a 2% dilution in spray form killed 70% of the airborne staphylococcal bacteria, which can cause various infections in our body.

Here is an all natural easy and effective household cleaner, that will be gentler and safer alternative to what you may be currently using and will have great deodorizing and effective germ killing properties. These are important not only at home, but in places that often have large number of people, such as gyms, schools and workplaces.

How to make:

Add 1/2 (half) a cup of borax to 1 gallon (4 liters) of tepid warm water.
Then add 20 drops antibacterial essential oils such as bergamot, orange, lemongrass, tea tree, juniper, pine, citronella, peppermint, lemon, sandalwood, eucalyptus, lavender and rosemary.

It can be used in place of your household cleaners and is just as effective as industrial strength brands without the potential harm to your health.

And finally another tip – You can put a few drops of the above essential oils on the vacuum cleaner bag or filter for extra cleaning power and for additional great scent.

7. Tea Tree Oil

This bleach alternative, otherwise known as melaleuca oil, is a natural essential oil with a wide variety of uses. It has been used in cosmetics to treat acne, infection and dandruff. As a bleach alternative, tea tree oil is a great-smelling way to disinfect and clean virtually any area of your home. By mixing a few drops with warm water in a spray bottle you’ll wield great tool for cleaning floors, counter-tops and appliances with a scent similar to pine.

Further reading: If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy which will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them.

8. Solar Power

No, this doesn’t mean buying solar panels to use in any way, just harnessing the power of the sun’s rays. If you want to whiten your laundry you can easily hang it up outside to dry where the sun’s rays can hit it. Ultra-violet light gives a subtle bleaching effect to white clothing. It’s worth keeping in mind that it might cause colorful clothes to fade however. You can also place an object outside on a sunny day and the sun’s rays will help to disinfect it.


PRODUCT POLICE 101: Eliminate these common toxins from your daily intake and improve your health tenfold

Natural News – Oct 3, 2019 – S.D. Wells

Sure, you need some good recipes or some great restaurants if you want to find tasty food these days, especially food that also happens to be healthy for you, but the daunting task is eliminating toxins that ruin almost any dish and any meal by sabotaging the “good stuff” with “food stuff” that’s not even really food at all.

The product police have been running the gamut for a couple decades now, and most health enthusiasts know better than to eat the most popular toxins, but still, people attempt bizarre diets, over-celebrate holidays, travel and eat “whatever,” and then they slip back into bad habits and become human filters for poison. That’s what it really boils down to, and your cleansing organs pay the ultimate price.

The top 10 food toxins break down, burden, and literally deteriorate the lining of your kidneys, your liver, and your pancreas, restricting normal function. Then comes chronic inflammation. Then comes the pain, the itching, the intolerable headaches. Then come the crippling symptoms. One after another. That’s the Standard American Diet at work on you.

SAD: Eat toxic food and listen to bad MD advice

That’s when M.D.s (medical dieties) sling chemical experiments down your throat (prescription medications) to address all the warning signs of T.F.D. (toxic food disorder), without ever addressing a single one of the top 10 food toxins. Medical doctors simply do not ask you about food. They’re not allowed to, or the AMA will come suspend their license until they remember where they came from (think Flexner Report here).

Are you constantly lacking energy? Do you feel like the “aging process” is getting the better of you? Has every diet in the world failed to meet your expectations? You’re not alone. Ideal health and longevity are really not about any kind of diet anyway. It’s about whole food and 70 percent raw food. It’s about organic, unadulterated plant-based food. If it’s processed in any way, you’re losing nutrition and asking for trouble.

Corporations use toxic additives and preservatives to make money, not to protect you from anything. They protect themselves from lawsuits. They add shelf life to products while shortening human life. It’s always only about the money. So here they come. Did you forget about some of these horrific “food stuff” ingredients?

10 Food toxins you should stop consuming immediately

#1. Canola oil – coagulates in your blood, causing weight gain, hypertension, inflammation, cancer, dementia

#2. Bleached Foods – burns the epithelial tissue in your pancreas, bladder and prostate, leading to cancer

#3. Sodium Benzoate – destroys the protective protein coating of your mytochondria (cells), depriving them of oxygen until they die, leading to cancer cells taking over

#4. Nitrates – highly concentrated salts used to kill wild pigs – may be leading cause of cancer worldwide

#5. MSG – Monosodium glutamate – another highly concentrated, genetically modified form of salt that causes extreme migraine headaches from dehydration, and has even given infants brain damage

#6. Aspartame – Genetically modified bacteria hundreds of times sweeter than sugar that causes anxiety, leading doctors to prescribe horrifically dangerous SSRI drugs

#7. Sucralose – Artificially engineered in a laboratory to cause irritable bowel syndrome and remains in the cleansing organs for extended periods of time

#8. Gluten with glyphosate – loaded with chemical preservatives and softening agents after being sprayed with the most deadly weed killer, glyphosate, which functions as a drying agent before grains are processed and put in the silos

#9. Processed sugar – comes from GMO corn so it contains deadly insecticide and herbicide, besides being the favorite feeding chum for cancer cells

#10. Table salt – irradiated, processed, and bleached – table salt carries no nutritional value while fueling chronic inflammation and blood pressure complications

Tune in to and find out how to get some of these toxins out of your body ASAP, including heavy metal toxins. This has been a public service announcement from Natural News. Read the ingredients label on everything before purchasing. Stay frosty.