Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

October 31, 2006 16:03 ET

CFIA: Notice to Food Editors

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 31, 2006) - As part of its broad mandate on food safety, the CFIA educates the public on the safe handling of foods as well as common foodborne illnesses. In keeping with this role, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is issuing a series of food safety fact sheets.

To reduce the risk of foodborne illness it is important for consumers to be aware that fresh produce can pose a significant risk to health if not properly handled or prepared. Food Safety Facts for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella and Botulism Food Safety Facts as well as Safe Handling of Refrigerated Vegetable Juices are attached and can also be viewed, along with additional food safety information, on the CFIA's website at www.inspection.gc.ca.

The Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education's website, www.canfightbac.org, contains a wide variety of useful information on safe food handling practices. For more information, or to speak with a food safety spokesperson, you can contact our Media Relations office at (613) 228-6682.

Thanks for helping us get these important food safety messages to consumers.

To see Fact Sheet: FOOD SAFETY FACTS ON BOTULISM (CLOSTRIDIUM BOTULINUM), please click on the following address: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/Clostridium_eng.pdf

To see Fact Sheet: E. coli O157:H7 Food Safety Facts - Preventing foodborne illness, please click on the following address: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/ecoli_eng.pdf

To see Fact Sheet: Food Safety Facts for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, please click on the following address: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/fruits_eng.pdf

To see Fact Sheet: Safe Handling of Refrigerated Vegetable Juices, please click on the following address: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/botulism_eng.pdf

To see Fact Sheet: Salmonella Food Safety Facts, Preventing foodborne illness, please click on the following address: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/salmonella_eng.pdf

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Media Relations office
    613-228-6682