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Canned Controversy: EU Leaders Highlight Food Quality Control Risks of BPA

BPA is an acronym that stands for bisphenol A, and is an industrial chemical that has been used to make plastics since the 1960s. It’s often found in plastic containers that are used to store food and water, as well as the inside coating of food cans. Recently, some studies have pointed to the potential for BPA to “leech” into food products stored in these containers. On top of that, concerns have emerged over a possible link between adverse health effects and the presence of BPA in food or beverages. As a result, some companies and governments are working to.. READ MORE »

June 28, 2016

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3 Summer Superfoods For Students in Nutrition and Health Programs

When it comes to eating in season, summer is the perfect time to do it. Farmer’s markets fill their stands with plenty of freshly-picked fruits and vegetables, and even many grocery stores pack their produce section with fresh local options. For many nutritionists, it’s an ideal time for encouraging clients to add fresh berries, leafy greens, and other healthy and nutritious choices to their diets. But while the many fruits and vegetables for sale offer plenty of benefits, there are a few choice ‘superfoods’ that stand out from the pack. These superfoods are filled with everything from vitamins and minerals.. READ MORE »

June 21, 2016

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How Professionals with Food Handling Certificates Prepare for Restaurant Inspections

A food handling certificate is important for a career as a food plant and operations manager, a quality assurance manager, a chef, or any other role in a restaurant team. When working in a restaurant, your food handling certificate will give you the right knowledge to ensure that food is handled and prepared safely so that your restaurant passes its food inspection. The exact rules for food safety differ across Canada and can be handled by provincial governments, municipalities or regional health authorities. Toronto, for example, uses its own DineSafe regulation which adheres to both Ontario’s food safety regulations and.. READ MORE »

June 14, 2016

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Self-Audits in Pharma Manufacturing: An Intro for GMP Training Students

The pharmaceutical product manufacturing industry has experienced an unprecedented upsurge in growth as of late. In Canada, total pharmaceutical sales have just about doubled between 2001 and 2013 to total sales of $22 billion in Canada alone. This trend is expected to continue and careers that require knowledge of good manufacturing practices (GMP) are expected to grow as well. GMP training teaches students about the purpose and requirements that are needed for the testing, manufacturing, and packaging of pharmaceutical products in Canada. One of the most important GMP practices is self-auditing. Read on to discover how self-auditing practices in pharmaceutical.. READ MORE »

June 7, 2016

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3 Ways Crowdfunding Could Impact the Future of Clinical Research Careers

Clinical studies are the way in which doctors and researchers discover new and innovate ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat illnesses, but there is no way around it; research is expensive. During the 2013/2014 fiscal year, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research spent one billion dollars on the creation, dissemination, and application of health research knowledge. Even with such a large amount of funding available, though, obtaining some of that funding for clinical research can be competitive and this likely stalls some research projects that could provide huge benefits to Canadians. With the emergence of crowdfunding—funding collected online directly from.. READ MORE »

May 31, 2016

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4 Food Truck Safety Practices for Food Technology Training Students to Know

In 1936 famed hot dog producer Oscar Mayer launched its mobile hot dog cart named The Weiner Mobile. Since then, street food has gone through an extraordinary evolution, beginning with Kogi BBQ, a Korean-taco truck that is known as the first gourmet food truck. After the success of Kogi, the food truck industry blossomed into a $1.2 billion dollar industry in the U.S. and an almost $300 million dollar industry in Canada. With this rise in popularity there has been a synonymous rise in the health and safety regulations for food trucks, as food safety professionals work hard to ensure.. READ MORE »

May 24, 2016

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Earning your Nutritionist Certificate? Here are 4 All-Natural Sources of Probiotics

Since when did ingesting bacteria make us healthier? For centuries, doctors have understood the connection between good food and good health, but it hasn’t been until recently that doctors and nutritionists have started to recognize the relationship between ingesting good bacteria and good health. One of the fastest growing and widely supported trends in the health food industry is probiotics—live bacteria and yeast that benefit the digestive system and the general health of a person. According to Agriculture and Agri Food Canada, 35 per cent of Canadians have consumed probiotics, and 56 per cent said they are probably going to.. READ MORE »

May 10, 2016

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A Guide to Global Pharmaceutical Regulations for Regulatory Affairs Students

Today’s pharmaceutical industry is very much a global market. While traditional economic powers like the United States remain leaders in the field, new drug development, manufacturing, and trade is now taking place in increasingly diverse parts of the world. In fact, the emerging markets China and Brazil are now home to the 3rd and 6th largest pharmaceutical industries in the world. Not only that, but companies are now manufacturing and developing drugs for distribution to a variety of different countries, each with their own regulations and guidelines. As a result, professionals in the regulatory affairs industry now face a tougher.. READ MORE »

May 3, 2016

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Why Canada Needs More Professionals with Food Safety Training

Canada takes food safety seriously. In fact, we have one of the best food safety systems in the world, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). In fact, the agency notes that “while no food system can guarantee zero risk, the CFIA’s comprehensive approach to inspection ensures that its resources are focused where the risk is highest and verifies the industry is producing safe food for consumers.” Of course, at the center of this world-class system are top professionals with food technology training. These diligent professionals work as production associates, food safety and quality assurance technicians, microbiologist technicians, product.. READ MORE »

April 26, 2016

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A Day in the Life of a Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance Associate

The pharmaceutical industry is one of the most regulated industries on the planet—and with good reason. Whether a pharmaceutical product is providing much-needed pain-relief to a patient or helping to rid them of a tough bacterial infection, pharmaceutical products need to work properly and predictably each time they are taken. That’s why drug manufacturers need to employ dedicated professionals with a top education in order to ensure that pharmaceutical products are always of the highest quality. If you’re interested in this in-demand career path, then completing your diploma in quality assurance and quality control is crucial. Throughout your training, you’ll.. READ MORE »

April 19, 2016

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