Canadian government launches food-safety web site

by Bryan Salvage
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OTTAWA, ONTARIO — Canadians are now being provided with a one-stop, easy access to food-safety information thanks to a new web site launched by the Government of Canada. The site provides Canadians valuable tips and tools to help them reduce the risk of foodborne illness and acts as a gateway to important information during foodborne illness emergencies.

The website includes information from Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Located at healthycanadians.gc.ca, the web site offers a broad range of food-safety information including resources on food recalls and allergy alerts, safe food handling and preparation, food labels, and foodborne illness.

In addition to signing up for e-mail alerts through the website, consumers can easily report their own food-safety concerns. New mobile and social media tools are available to help Canadians stay informed about food safety.

Subscribe to RSS updates for food recalls and allergy alerts. They will be delivered to your RSS reader. Consumers can follow the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for food recalls and allergy alerts.

The web site contains seven major sections:

 Recalls, warnings and reporting — (http://foodsafety.gc.ca/english/main/raprece.asp) allows consumers to sign up to receive food recalls and allergy alerts directly into their e-mail inboxes, and to get information about how to report a food-safety concern.

 Safe food handling and preparation — (http://foodsafety.gc.ca/english/main/prepare.asp) provides tips on how to prevent harmful bacteria from spreading in the kitchen. It offers advice on cleaning, storing, preparing, and cooking food, and provides safe food handling tips on a range of different foods.

 Food labels — (http://foodsafety.gc.ca/english/main/labetie.asp) shows how to make informed choices about food based on nutrition labels.

 Food allergies — (http://foodsafety.gc.ca/english/main/allergie.asp) explains the symptoms of an allergic reaction and how to avoid them and lists recent public advisories for high-risk food recalls.

 Understanding food safety — (http://foodsafety.gc.ca/english/main/safsale.asp) connects consumers to a variety of information on additives and genetically modified food, chemical products, packaging, irradiated foods, bottled water and toxins.

 Food poisoning — (http://foodsafety.gc.ca/english/main/poisintoxe.asp) describes the common causes of food poisoning, and what to do if someone gets sick from food.

 Roles in food safety — (http://foodsafety.gc.ca/english/main/role.asp) outlines how consumers, government and industry work together to keep our food safe.
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