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Archive for August 2014

McDonald’s Accused of Food Safety Violations In Moscow

On August 20, McDonald’s was compelled to shut down four of its Moscow restaurants amid reports of alleged food safety violations. The Rospotrebnadzor agency, a Russian watchdog organization, ordered the closures, claiming it identified several breaches of food safety certification at four separate chains. The closings include the first McDonald’s location to be opened in Russia, near Pushkin Square, which is the largest in the country, as well as one near the Kremlin. In total, the international chain has over 400 outlets in Russia, and has been in operation across the country for the past 24 years.   Serious Charges Rospotrebnadzor has.. READ MORE »

CNE Steps Up Food Safety After Year’s Cronut Crisis

Toronto’s Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is known for its wacky “franken-foods” – enthusiasts come from far and wide to enjoy the latest deep-fried and fast food creations. But last year, things went too far when more than 200 fairgoers were sickened by contaminated cronut burgers. It was revealed that the distributors of the much-anticipated treat failed to follow basic food safety training protocols, which resulted in the growth of staphylococcus aureus, a well-known food borne offender. Toronto Public Health said the cause of the contamination was likely poor refrigeration. The burger was later voluntarily pulled off the menu of all.. READ MORE »

New Research Concludes Aspirin Can Prevent Cancer

It’s quite widely accepted that an aspirin a day can keep heart attack and stroke at bay. But how does it work? Aspirin interferes with your blood’s clotting action. When you bleed, your blood’s clotting cells, called platelets, build up at the site of your wound. The platelets help form a plug that seals the opening in your blood vessel to stop bleeding. But when clotting happens where it shouldn’t – like in the vessels that supply your heart with blood – an artery could get blocked, which would result in a heart attack. A daily aspirin can help keep.. READ MORE »

5 Servings Of Fruits & Veggies Proven To Prevent Disease

It’s old news that a balanced diet – one that includes fruits and vegetables – is the key to sustaining good health. But how much is enough? Balanced for one person might mean a forkful of broccoli and a handful of grapes. For others, the pursuit of healthy eating means juicing an entire kale, three apples and a whole head of spinach – and downing it all before breakfast. But new clinical research from China and the United States has revealed then when it comes to optimizing our intake of those powerful micronutrients, five is the magic number. Tests confirm.. READ MORE »

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