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Calling all beef eaters – There is a problem in Alberta

23 Sep

OTTAWA – The recall of ground beef from Edmonton-based producer XL Foods is being expanded yet again.

The recall due to possible E. coli contamination was first announced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency a week ago and since then has been expanded six times.

It affects ground beef sold by Sobeys, Foodland, IGA, and Douglas Meats stores in the Prairie provinces, Ontario, the Maritimes and some Big Way and Super A stores.

And now it also includes unlabelled ground beef products sold between Aug. 24 through Sept. 16, at stores which may include small retailers, local meat markets and butcher shops.

The CFIA is advising consumers who are unsure if they have the affected product to check with the stores where they purchased the beef, or simply throw it out.

Red meat is shown to cause cancer

11 Dec

 If you are one of those people who love to eat your red meat, luncheon meat, pepperoni and so on, you might want to take note that there is a new research by the National Cancer Institute which  claims people who eat a lot of red and processed meats have a higher risk of developing several types of cancer, including lung cancer and colorectal cancer, according to a new study from the National Cancer Institute.For the study, researchers examined data from a large U.S. diet and health study, which began in 1995 and involved 500,000 men and women ages 50-71.The research was conducted by Amanda Cross and colleagues at the   National Cancer Institute . 

Excess Fat, Red Meat and Lack of Exercise Increase Cancer Risks

1 Nov

The official word is in The World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research has saidbadfood.jpg that excess body fat and red meat are linked to an increased risk of common cancers and should be avoided.  This has never been said before in such a definitive way so we had better start taking notice of this and follow the guidelines if we want to reduce our risk of escaping the claws of cancer.  This is not the first time consumers have been warned about red meat and excess body fat but now there is research to back it up in a 571 page comprehensive report released yesterday by 21 researchers. More than 7000 studies over five years were used in compiling the report. Researchers found that extra weight around the waist may lead to cancer of the esophagus, pancreas, colon, kidney and uterus as well as postmenopausal breast cancer.  The weight can be kept off  by exercising at least 30 minutes a day and limiting consumption of alcohol, high fat foods e.g. burgers, French fries, milk shakes, pastries and sugary drinks. Red means such as beef, pork and lamb are linked to colorectal cancers should be replaced with poultry fish and eggs.  Avoid also bacon and lunch meat.The Researchers found that about 40 percent of all cancers are linked to food, lack of exercise, and body weight. This can be used as a guide in designing cancer prevention education programs, and health policy around the world, panelists said.“Part of the purpose of the report was to show that prevention of cancer by means of food, nutrition, and associated factors is as feasible and crucial as prevention of coronary heart disease,” the researchers wrote. “The evidence that high body fatness and also physical inactivity are causes of a number of cancers, including common cancers, is particularly strong.”

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