Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

June 22, 2005 15:00 ET

NOTICE TO FOOD EDITORS

Food Safety Facts on Ecoli Attention: Food/Beverage Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Media Editor, News Editor OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 22, 2005) -
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is issuing two food safety fact sheets:
Food Safety Tips on E. coli O157:H7 and Food Safety Tips for using Food Thermometers to remind consumers about safe food handling and preparation.

While food safety is important all the time, safe food handling and cooking practices are especially important during the barbecue season because:
• microorganisms grow well in warm, humid weather;
• more people are cooking outside further away from food safety equipment (refrigerator, sinks, clean platters and utensils); and
• barbecuers may be infrequent cooks who may not know about food safety.

To reduce the risk of foodborne illness, it's important for consumers to learn how to properly handle and cook food, especially hamburgers and other products made from ground beef. The rule is "Your burger's done at 71 C." Cook hamburgers to a minimum of 71 C and check that they're properly cooked by using a food thermometer. Cooking to 71 C destroys the microorganisms in ground beef that can cause foodborne illness (also know as food poisoning). Symptoms of foodborne illness range from nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, kidney failure and in some cases, can result in more serious illness or even death.

Food Safety Tips on E. coli O157:H7 and Food Safety Tips for using Food Thermometers are attached and can also be viewed, along with additional food safety information, on the CFIA's Web site at www.inspection.gc.ca.

Thanks for helping us get these important food safety messages to consumers.
/For further information: For more information, to speak with a food safety spokesperson, or to arrange a media interview, you can contact:

Atlantic
Noëlla LeBlanc 506-851-3331

Ontario
Margaret Boyd 519-826-2915

Quebec
Jean-François Bolduc 514-283-3815 (253)

West
Ruth Anne Partridge 403-292-6733

or Media Relations in Ottawa at (613) 228-6682/ IN: FOOD, HEALTH

Contact Information

  • Media Relations, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Primary Phone: 613-228-6682