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Day 50 - Food Recalls - Another Reason to buy local

Food recalls happen way, way too often. I came across yet another food recall today, this time kale. No food product is safe from recall anymore.

Here is the list of foods that were recalled in Canada in 2018-now.

2019-02-17Food Recall Warning - Eat Smart brand 340 G (12 OZ) Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad Bag Kit recalled due to Listeria monocytogenesClass 1New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Possibly National

2019-02-16Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Victoria White Linen Collection Marinara Sauce recalled due to undeclared cashewClass 1Ontario, Possibly National

2019-02-15Updated Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Brewer's Yeast sold at Mainstay Natural Foods recalled due to undeclared peanutClass 1Ontario

2019-02-15Updated Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Trade Technocrats Ltd. Brewer's Debittered Yeast recalled due to undeclared peanutClass 1Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan

2019-02-15Updated Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - (Debittered) Brewer's Yeast sold at Bulk Barrel recalled due to undeclared peanutClass 1Ontario

2019-02-15Updated Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Various brands of Debittered Brewer's Yeast recalled due to undeclared peanutClass 1Alberta , Manitoba, Saskatchewan

2019-02-15Updated Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Brewers Yeast Debittered sold at Old Fashion Foods recalled due to undeclared peanutClass 1Saskatchewan

2019-02-15Updated Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Brewer's Yeast sold at New Life Mills Town & Country recalled due to undeclared peanutClass 1Ontario

2019-02-15Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Various EnviroKidz brand cereals recalled due to undeclared wheat and glutenClass 1National

2019-02-14Updated Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Brewer's Yeast Debittered sold at Bulk Barn Foods Limited recalled due to undeclared peanutClass 1National

2019-02-14Food Recall Warning - Vivi and Tom Baby Food brand baby and toddler foods recalled due to potential presence of dangerous bacteriaClass 1Ontario

2019-02-14Updated Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Various brands of Debittered Brewer's Yeast recalled due to undeclared peanutClass 1Alberta , British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan

2019-02-13Updated Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Ottogi brand Ramensari recalled due to undeclared eggClass 1Alberta , British Columbia, Ontario, Possibly National, Quebec, Saskatchewan

2019-02-13Updated Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Purely Bulk brand Brewer's Yeast recalled due to undeclared peanutClass 1National

2019-02-11Updated Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Certain RXBAR and RXBAR Kids brand Protein Bars recalled due to undeclared peanutClass 1National

2019-02-11Updated Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Grain Process Enterprises Ltd. brand Brewers Yeast Debittered recalled due to undeclared peanutClass 1National

2019-02-09Correction - Food Recall Warning - Betty brand and Nancy's Fancy Yummy-in-the-Tummy brand bakery products may be unsafe due to possible contamination from mice infestation at the manufacturing plant--Ontario, Quebec

2019-02-08Updated Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Certain RXBAR brand Protein Bars recalled due to undeclared peanutClass 1Possibly National

2019-02-08Updated Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Certain Ottogi brand noodle products recalled due to undeclared eggClass 1Alberta , British Columbia, Ontario, Possibly National, Quebec, Saskatchewan

2019-02-08Food Recall Warning - Betty brand and Nancy's Fancy Yummy-in-the-Tummy brand bakery products may be unsafe due to possible contamination from mice infestation at the manufacturing plant--Ontario, Quebec

2019-02-07Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Indigo Packaged Goodness brand Brewers Yeast Debittered recalled due to undeclared peanutClass 2Ontario

2019-01-25Correction - Updated Food Recall Warning - Certain Ottogi brand noodle products recalled due to undeclared eggClass 1Alberta , British Columbia, Ontario, Possibly National, Quebec, Saskatchewan

2019-01-25Food Recall Warning - Crisp & Delicious brand Chicken Breast Nuggets recalled due to SalmonellaClass 1British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Possibly National, Quebec

2019-01-23Updated Food Recall Warning - Veg-Pak is recalling Veg-Pak brand Hot Peppers Red Thai and Longo's brand Hot Red Thai Chili Peppers due to SalmonellaClass 2New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec

2019-01-23Updated Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Certain Ottogi brand noodle products recalled due to undeclared eggClass 1Alberta , British Columbia, Ontario, Possibly National, Quebec, Saskatchewan

2019-01-21Food Recall Warning - Red Chili Ingredient included in certain Hello Fresh brand and Chefs Plate brand Meal Kits recalled due to SalmonellaClass 2Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec

2019-01-20Food Recall Warning - Canada Herb brand Red Chili recalled due to SalmonellaClass 2Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario

2019-01-18Updated Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Golden City Bakery brand Red Bean Mush recalled due to undeclared wheatClass 2British Columbia

2019-01-17Food Recall Warning - Certain Salmon Village brand Hot Smoked Atlantic Salmon Nuggets recalled due to Listeria monocytogenesClass 1Alberta , British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan

2019-01-16Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Golden City Bakery brand Red Bean Paste recalled due to undeclared wheatClass 2British Columbia

2019-01-15Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Certain RXBAR brand Protein Bars recalled due to undeclared peanutClass 1National

2019-01-14Food Recall Warning - Bio Busti brand Pecorino Stagionato cheese recalled due to Listeria monocytogenesClass 1Quebec

2019-01-11Updated Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Certain Ottogi brand noodle products recalled due to undeclared eggClass 1Alberta , British Columbia, Ontario, Possibly National, Quebec, Saskatchewan

2018-12-31Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Cape Breton Coal candy recalled due to undeclared walnutsClass 1Nova Scotia

2018-12-24Updated Food Recall Warning - Eat Smart brand Salad Shake Ups (single serve) recalled due to Listeria monocytogenesClass 1National

2018-12-20Updated Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Certain Coco Polo brand Dark Cocoa Bars recalled due to undeclared milkClass 1National

2018-12-15Food Recall Warning - Certain cauliflower, red leaf lettuce and green leaf lettuce produced by Adam Bros Farming Inc. recalled due to E. coli O157:H7Class 1New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Possibly National, Prince Edward Island, Quebec

2018-12-14Updated Food Recall Warning - Eat Smart brand Salad Shake Ups (single serve) recalled due to Listeria monocytogenesClass 1National

2018-12-10Updated Food Recall Warning - Canada Herb brand culantro (Ngò Gai) recalled due to SalmonellaClass 2Ontario

2018-12-05Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Coco Polo brand Dark Cocoa Bar 70% - Toasted Coconut & Chia recalled due to undeclared milkClass 1National

2018-12-04Food Recall Warning - Eat Smart brand Salad Shake Ups – Sweet Kale recalled due to Listeria monocytogenesClass 1National

2018-11-29Updated Food Recall Warning - Soom brand tahini products recalled due to SalmonellaClass 1National

2018-11-28Food Recall Warning - Achva and S&F brand tahini products recalled due to SalmonellaClass 1Alberta , British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Possibly National, Quebec

2018-11-21Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Sweets Sucreries brand Dark Chocolate Covered Cranberries recalled due to undeclared milkClass 3Ontario

2018-11-21Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Chukar brand Amaretto Rainiers Cherries recalled due to undeclared milkClass 1British Columbia

2018-11-16Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Ottogi brand Jin Ramen Spicy and Jin Ramen Mild recalled due to undeclared eggClass 1Alberta , British Columbia, Possibly National

2018-11-16Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Soup N Stuff brand Chicken Noodle Soup Mix recalled due to undeclared egg and wheatClass 3Saskatchewan

2018-11-14Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Lococo's brand prepared meals recalled due to undeclared mustard, egg, anchovy, milk and soyClass 2Ontario

2018-11-09Updated Food Recall Warning - Canada Herb brand culantro (Ngò Gai) recalled due to SalmonellaClass 2Ontario

2018-11-08Updated Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Schneiders brand Country Naturals Wieners recalled due to undeclared milkClass 1National

2018-11-02Updated Food Recall Warning - Janes brand Pub Style Chicken Strips recalled due to SalmonellaClass 1National

Seriously! That is a huge list! Granted some products are only recalled due to allergens but others are called due to some very serious health risks like salmonella, listeria, and e coli.

As a small scale farmer, I am disgusted that vegetables make it on this list. Where have we gone wrong in food production? Lets talk about it!

Food used to come from small farms. It wasn't mono-cropped. It wasn't produced in big factories. It was grown and made locally. It was safe. Food wasn't trucked for thousands of miles to reach our plates. Food was also not so convenient. The more we make food easy to eat, the more risks it seems to be accompanied by. Kale is not meant to come pre-cut up in a bag. Carrots are not meant to come pre-peeled and covered in chlorine. Food is meant to be some work so we don't get fat eating it.

I bet a lot of people feel like the quote above. They know they should eat vegetables but they don't know which ones are safe. How can you find safe food? Shop at the farmers market. Buy local. Meet your maker. These are ways to ensure your food is safe. Small scale farmers don't battle listeria, salmonella, and e coli because they practice crop rotation and soil management. Small scale farmers eat their own food. Do corporate giants eat the food they produce? Probably not. They are probably too good for it.

Next time you go shopping, find a farmers market. Build trust with your producer. Local is good for people and good for the environment.


 

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