Now that summer is here, more of us will be dining outside and preparing picnic food.

With restrictions easing slightly and the social distancing still in place, an outdoor picnic is a great way to meet up and share food. However, this is a time when food poisoning can...


A passenger coughs and then touches a pair of tongs to grab salad at the restaurant. The cough has contaminated the tongs with a virus. Then another passenger takes the same pair of tongs for salad, touches the mouth, and there is an instant spread of a virus from one...

Most consumers think eggs are safe. This makes sense because eggs can be purchased at the supermarket and will be cold. They also look normal unless of course one is cracked. However, are they safe? Eggs are classified as a hazardous food and keeping them out of the Da...

Easter dinners are usually either ham, chicken or turkey. Since food poisoning occurs frequently when these foods are improperly prepared, it’s important to remember to keep food safety in mind. When I was a new inspector working at the local Health Unit, I received a...

While many of us assume that food poisoning only occurs when dining out, the truth is that a percentage of all foodborne illnesses occurring each year are from home cooking. Home cooking involves family meals, potlucks, catering for events such as birthdays, special oc...