Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency establishes limits for Pyraziflumid residues in food

CANADA – Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of proposed maximum residue limits (MRLs) for Pyraziflumid residues in specific food commodities. More than 1,000 pesticides are frequently used to increase yields of cereals, fruits, and vegetables by protecting them against plant diseases caused by pests and pathogens including bacteria, fungi, and viruses.…

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Nova Scotia Seafood Quality Program welcomes 7 new participants

CANADA – The Nova Scotia Seafood Quality Program (NSSQP), a program launched in 2021 to market the quality of seafood from the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, has added seven new seafood companies to its standard to promote the province’s seafood to world markets. Nova Scotia’s Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture announced in a release. The NSSQP is oriented toward…

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Bureau Veritas launches new microbiology lab in Canada

CANADA – Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection and certification (TIC) services, has announced the opening of its fifth Canadian Microbiology Laboratory located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The new laboratory will offer Rapid Pathogen testing for E.coli O157:H7, Salmonella and Listeria, as well as Indicators for Generic E.coli/Coliforms, Total Plate Count, Yeast and Mold. The facility is an…

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Renaissance Bioscience Corp receives new permits for its acrylamide-reducing yeast

CANADA – Renaissance BioScience Corp., a global bioengineering company, has received new patent allowances and grants for its acrylamide-reducing yeast, covering China, Russia, India, Australia and Vietnam. The five new patent grants and allowances join previously issued patents from the US, Japan, Indonesia, Chile and Colombia, with patents pending in multiple additional markets. The company’s yeast  reduces the formation of…

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China suspends Canadian beef imports due to Mad cow disease concerns

CANADA – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has confirmed that China, the meat industry’s third largest global market, has halted imports of beef from Canada following the discovery of a case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease, on a farm in Alberta, Canada. BSE is an incurable and invariably fatal neurodegenerative disease of cattle. Symptoms…

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Provision Analytics raises US $4.75 million for product development

CANADA – Provision Analytics, a startup with a software platform that simplifies food safety audits and analytics, has raised $6 million CAD (USD $4.75 million) for product development and sales expansion. The round which closed in late November was spearheaded by Level 46 Investments, a private special-purpose entity established by the co-founders of TriWest Capital Partners. Other participants were Trailhead…

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Canada’s pork industry receives boost to help fight African Swine fever

CANADA – Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food has announced an investment of more than CA$4.6 million (US$ 3,589,150) for three projects to grow the pork industry within Canada and in international markets, and to help farms continue to ensure high levels of safety in the face of the threat of African swine fever. These investments build on Canada’s internationally-renowned…

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United Fresh Produce Association, Canadian Produce Marketing Association release 2nd edition of labelling guide

U.S/CANADA – United Fresh Produce Association, the industry’s leading trade association, and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) have released the Second Edition of the USA/Canada Labeling Guide to support industry understanding of the differences and similarities for labeling compliance in both countries. With significant changes to both the U.S. and Canadian regulatory and business requirements, the two associations collaborated…

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Canada’s government announces funding for meat processing plants

CANADA – The government of Canada have availed up to Canadian$ 7 million (US$ 5,592,125) to rapidly increase processing capacity in meat processing plants across the Ontario province and enable continuous production of safe and high-quality meat. The Meat Processors Capacity Improvement Initiative, through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, will provide up to CA$150,000 (US$ 119831) per project for handling and…

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Provision Analytics debuts new analytics software to ensure food safety compliance

CANADA – Provision Analytics, a company that creates practical and precise software for food processors and manufacturers, has debuted a new analytics software that will help farmers make data-driven decisions using information gathered for food safety regulation compliance. The software takes information gathered from all the regulated documentation requirements from seed, spray, harvest, wash, cut and packing of a product…

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