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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, 10.19.10

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Canada Needs New Import Process, Expert Says

U.S. may as well

In the wake of an internal audit that found major deficiencies in the safety systems used to screen food imported into Canada, a microbiologist and former Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) official says that country’s import process—and possibly that of the U.S.—could benefit from an overhaul.

New Method Detects Key Form of Botulinum Spores

Distinguishes non-proteolytic C. botulinum from proteolytic C. botulinum

Refrigerated convenience foods are growing in popularity, but they’re particularly vulnerable to a type of foodborne botulism caused by the form of the bacterium known as non-proteolytic Clostridium botulinum. That’s because, unlike the proteolytic strain, non-proteolytic C. botulinum can grow and produce toxin at refrigerated temperatures.

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