CANADA: The Canadian government is stepping up to the plate in an effort to ease the country’s food crisis, warning Canadians to limit their intake of canned fruit and vegetables.
The government says there are now more than 2 million cases of salmonella and other food-borne illnesses per year.
That’s more than twice the number of cases reported in 2013.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has identified more than 3 million cases in the last three years.
The government is also pushing its food safety message by launching a nationwide campaign.
But it’s taking a tougher stance on canned fruit.
The agency said it will be issuing canned fruit warnings in areas where salmonellosis cases are high.
In a statement, the agency said that although canned fruit has been implicated in outbreaks in other countries, Canada has not had a salmoneal food-related outbreak for more than three years, according to the AP.
Canadian officials have been trying to persuade consumers to stop eating canned fruit for years, saying that the high levels of salmon and other fish found in the fruit pose a serious risk to human health.
But many Canadians have been skeptical.
They argue that the canned fruit is just another delicacy at a time when the government is struggling to reduce the number and cost of its food supply.
In a survey of 1,000 Canadians, the AP found that 61% of Canadians said they would avoid eating canned fruits or vegetables in the future, compared with just 38% who said the same of frozen or canned meats.
While the number for salmonecaemia cases has been rising over the last year, it has been a slight decline compared with last year.
The AP found a slight rise in salmonecemia cases in 2016, from 4,569 to 4,812.
Still, the new campaign aims to remind Canadians to eat the fruit, not the other way around.
The canned fruit warning will be on store shelves and on food packaging, and the government says that canned fruit will be available at supermarkets and other stores nationwide.
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