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Important Food Safety Information for Canadians

September 28, 2012

TORONTO, Sept. 28, 2012 /CNW/ – Canada Beef Inc. wants to remind
Canadians of some helpful tips to enjoy Canadian beef. There are
important ways consumers can safeguard their health through proper
hygiene, effective food preparation, and thorough cooking of ground
meats.

“As the organization proudly representing Canada’s 83,000 beef farming
families, we wanted to share this information to ensure all Canadian families, can continue to enjoy Canadian beef and all food
products safely,” says Rob Meijer, President, Canada Beef Inc.  “The
industry is committed to food safety and we continue to look at new and
better ways to educate our partners in retail and the foodservice
sectors, as well as consumers, about how they can better protect
themselves through safe food handling.”

Canada has an excellent track record in food safety. Canadian meat
processors have developed internationally recognized systems known as
HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) plans to control
E.coli O157:H7 and other foodborne bacteria. These plans identify
potential food safety hazards and monitor the most important production
steps (critical points) to ensure these hazards are controlled before
the product is sent to market.  This recall is showing the system
works.

It is important to remember E.coli 0157:H7 can be present in raw meat,
poultry, unpasteurized milk and fruit juices, raw greens and
vegetables.

Here are some helpful tips for consumers:

        --  Cook meat to a safe internal temperature.  For ground beef it's
            71C/160F - use a digital instant read thermometer to know for
            sure.   For detailed cooking instructions for each cut of
            Canadian beef,
            visit Beef 101.
        --  Wash hands before and after handling food and frequently while
            cooking, especially after handling raw meat and poultry.
            See what our culinary expert has to say about this.
        --  Avoid cross contamination of food by washing utensils, plates
            and cutting boards that have come into contact
            with raw meat and poultry, in hot, soapy water.
        --  Wash all raw fruits and vegetables before you prepare and eat
            them.
        --  Refrigerate or freeze foods promptly.
            See this handy video on tips for Loving Leftovers.
        --  When
            grocery shopping,
            add meats and other items that should stay cool, to your cart
            last and be sure to keep them separate from other items in the
            cart.

Canada Beef Inc. is a proud partner with the Canadian Partnership for
Consumer Food Safety Education in communicating safe food handling
practices for Canadians and their families.  Consumers can visit the
Partnership’s Be Food Safe website for detailed Cook, Clean, Separate and Chill lessons.

For more information on Canada Beef Inc. visit www.canadabeef.ca

SOURCE Canada Beef Inc.

Video with caption: “Food TLC Video: Clever Cooking”. Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LwVUBfyUrA

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