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Italy to ramp up fight against British food labels

An Italian minister vowed Monday to use his country's upcoming presidency of the European Union to pursue a campaign by southern EU producers against Britain's "traffic light" food labels. Speaking as he went into EU farm ministers' talks, Agriculture Minister Maurizio Martina said "uniformity" in European food labelling is "a theme we need to put on the agenda".

Federal government wants power to fine meat plants for food safety problems

EDMONTON - The federal government is proposing to give itself the power to fine meat-processing plants that break hygiene and other operating rules meant to protect human health. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the regulatory change would give it another enforcement tool to help protect consumers. But meat industry representatives and a food safety expert are skeptical.

China hit by new flood of dead pigs in river

Chinese authorities have found 157 dead pigs in a river, state media said Wednesday, a year after 16,000 carcasses were discovered in Shanghai's main waterway, underscoring the country's food safety problems. The dead porkers were recovered from the Gan river in Jiangxi, which supplies drinking water to the provincial capital Nanchang and is a tributary of the Yangtze, one of China's main waterways, the official news agency Xinhua said. But tests showed that the tap water remains "safe for drinking", it said, citing Nanchang authorities.

Toronto committee approves food truck rules; bylaw goes to council for approval

TORONTO - A Toronto committee has approved regulations that could double food truck operations in the city and be in effect by the summer if city council passes a new bylaw. The Municipal Licensing and Standards Committee recommends that food trucks be at least 50 metres from a restaurant and at least 30 metres from school property. Ice cream trucks are to operate temporarily on residential streets, and stationary food carts are to operate on some city sidewalks. The annual fees for a vendor would cost over $5,000, including the vendor permit and parking fees.

Toronto committee approves food truck rules; bylaw goes to council for approval

TORONTO - A Toronto committee has approved regulations that could double food truck operations in the city and be in effect by the summer if city council passes a new bylaw. The Municipal Licensing and Standards Committee recommends that food trucks be at least 50 metres from a restaurant and at least 30 metres from school property. Ice cream trucks are to operate temporarily on residential streets, and stationary food carts are to operate on some city sidewalks. The annual fees for a vendor would cost over $5,000, including the vendor permit and parking fees.

35 Pct of Puerto Ricans rely on food stamps

San Juan, Mar 10 (EFE).- Thirty-five percent of the population in Puerto Rico receives food stamps, an abnormally large proportion due in part to a 31 percent increase in the number of Puerto Ricans over 60 who qualify for benefits. Seniors account for 264,000 of the 1.3 million people on the island receiving help under the Puerto Rican equivalent of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Heinz recalls six baby food products because of packaging defect

TORONTO - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced a voluntary recall of six baby food products. The agency says the Heinz Canada products are being recalled because a packaging defect could allow microorganisms that spoil food into the containers. The food inspection agency says that Health Canada has conducted a safety assessment of the products and has concluded the health risk from eating foods from these containers is very low to remote.

UN to airlift food aid to South Sudan refugees

The World Food Programme said Friday it was planning to airlift and airdrop urgently needed food aid to thousands of refugees and others affected by the conflict in South Sudan. The UN agency said the conflict in the world's newest nation had severely complicated supplying refugee camps in the northeastern Maban County with food, warning that cereal stocks there were exhausted. "Because our normal supply routes are disrupted, WFP will be using a combination of airlifts and airdrops to replenish the stocks in the Maban County refugee camps," the agency said.

Yosemite bears turn health nuts with junk food off menu

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Bears in Yosemite National Park in California have adopted the wildlife version of a health food diet after increased safety measures largely blocked them from scavenging for food in campgrounds over the last 15 years, a study showed on Tuesday.

Prince Edward Island to bring in new food safety regulations in coming months

CHARLOTTETOWN - The chief public health officer for Prince Edward Island says the province will bring in new food safety regulations over the coming months to ensure they meet national standards. Dr. Heather Morrison says the updated regulations will ensure food is properly stored and handled in establishments that serve food. The changes will include more training, written cleaning and sanitizing procedures, and food safety management plans, as well as a new licensing and fee structure to be implemented April 1.
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