The Sprout: Salmonella forces CFIA to recall Mexican onions

Have a nice day and welcome to Sprout, where it’s National Nut Day – we’re all a little bit crazy these days, we might as well celebrate it! The weekend marks National Boston Cream Pie Day and National Canning Day on Saturday, while Sunday marks National Bologna Day and National Day of Good and Good. abundance. Solid choices.

Now here is the farming news today.

The head

We start with a reminder. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a recall warning for whole raw red, yellow and white onions exported by Prosource Produce LLC of Hailey Idaho and produced in the Mexican state of Chihuahua after health authorities in the United States have linked the product to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 650 people in 37 states.

As CBC News reports, the CFIA did not say if anyone in Canada had been affected by salmonella because they had eaten onions. The recalled onions were sold in Ontario and Quebec and may have been distributed to other provinces and territories, the CFIA said. The agency noted that the onions may have been sold in bulk or in smaller packages with or without a label.

You can find the full CFIA recall here.

Around the city

Ottawa is Ontario’s fourth most seedy city, down from twelfth place last year, according to a list released by pest management company Orkin Canada. As CTV News reports, the increase in rodents is attributed, in some cases, to blockages and people cooking and eating more at home.

Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau tweeted yesterday that she was attending the North American government agricultural leaders’ dialogue with United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Mexican Minister of Agriculture Victor Villalobos. You can see the tweet here.

In Canada

The Ontario government is expected to lift capacity limits on bars, restaurants and gyms on Monday, sources told CBC News. Ontario Premier Doug Ford is scheduled to hold a press conference at 2 p.m. ET. alongside the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, where more details of the plan are awaited.

A review of the Canadian seed industry reveals fractures within the country’s seed sector. As the Manitoba Co-operator reports, animosity seems to persist over the recent merger of four groups that led to the formation of Seeds Canada in February.

Farmntario is taking a closer look at a private member’s bill that would give Canadians more rights to repair equipment, including farm equipment. The bill, introduced by Liberal MP Brian May, died on the Order Paper when Parliament was prorogued for the election, but is expected to be revived.

And CBC News tells the story of a New Brunswick farmer who grows apples as old as King Louis XIII.


The Financial Post reports that propane prices in Canada have jumped 300 percent and that prices could climb even more as US markets brace for what analysts are calling “armageddon” this winter, with some US markets ahead. running out of fuel this winter.

Australia’s trade minister said the European Union has postponed the next round of trade talks between the two groups for the second time. As Reuters reports, the delay comes amid latent anger over Australia’s decision to cancel a $ 40 billion contract with France.

In other trade-related news: Australia would really like to know why Hong Kong thinks Australian lobsters are a national security risk. Reuters also has this story.


The kick

Today we end with a story that shows that vaccines are truly a universal tool for protection. The Toronto Zoo says it hopes to vaccinate at least 140 of its animals against COVID-19 soon. As reported by CTV News, Toronto Zoo CEO Dolf DeJong said Thursday the zoo is awaiting Canadian approval of a COVID-19 vaccine currently being administered to animals at the US zoo.

Meanwhile, if you are a farmer in New Zealand, your compatriots, men and women, would truly, really as if you were going to get vaccinated.

That’s all for us this week. Have a good weekend and see you Monday.

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