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Food news: Recall on some B.C. oysters

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Food news: Recall on some B.C. oysters

Earlier this month, we reported on a warning about consuming raw oysters from British Columbia due to a naturally occurring bacteria on the rise, caused by the the west coast’s warmer-than-usual summer.

The threat of illness has lead to an official recall by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Oysters harvested in B.C. on or before Aug. 18 are being recalled due to the presence of Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria that causes gastrointestinal illness.

“Check to see if you have recalled product in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased. Consumers, retailers and distributors who are unsure if they have purchased affected oysters should contact the location where they were purchased,” the food recall warning states. (Canada Food Inspection Agency)

The much-loved-shellfish is still a hot commodity on the other side of Canada. Last week thieves stole $15,000 worth of Prince Edward Island oysters in a well-organized heist that likely included the oysters being stolen from an underwater holding area, then moved to shore by boat. The RCMP are currently investigating. (Munchies)

Real pumpkin coming to a latte near you

New this fall: Starbucks favourite, the pumpkin spice latte, will be made with real pumpkin and without the caramel coloring. The more natural approach to making the fall beverage comes after the coffee giant received feedback from customers and partners about ingredients. (Toronto Sun)

Tim Mortons anyone?
In other coffee news, Tim Hortons instant coffee is being knocked off in South Korea under the name “Tim Mortons.” A Canadian tourist spotted the bright yellow Timmies impostor at a market while on vacation. (Toronto Star)

Comfort food it altering more than just your waistline
The old phrase “you are what you eat” is taking on a more serious meaning after a new study found that eating foods with a higher glycemic index (foods that raise your blood sugar level) may raise a person’s risk of developing depression. You may want to think twice before picking up a sugary snack. (Quartz)

Long lines for trendy food worthwhile?
Why do we wait in line for the hottest new food craze - be it Japanese cheesecake in Toronto or a cool ice cream spot in Montreal? It’s all about the experience and the anecdote that comes along with it according to The Globe and Mail.

Fast food celebrity fascinates Taiwan
A McDonalds in Taiwan has people flocking to the location for something other than a Big Mac. A photo of a McDonald’s employee has gone viral, attracting visitors to see the youthful female employee who has a penchant for cutesy outfits and high heels while on the job. The internet sensation has since garnered over 87,000 Facebook likes and over 40,000 Instagram followers. (Munchies)

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