NCCEH eNews - December 2017
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New Online Course: Ready-to-Eat Meats

In partnership with the BC Centre for Disease Control, the NCCEH has developed an online, self-directed course that focuses on food safety risk assessments in micro-, small-, and medium-sized ready-to-eat (RTE) meat production operations. Designed specifically for public health inspectors, this course will cover basic processes used in the production of RTE meat products, the associated critical control steps and critical limits, and other common food safety and general sanitation concerns in RTE meat production. This course is free until February 28, 2018. Members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors can continue to take the course at no cost until March 31, 2019.

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Norovirus Resources

Norovirus is a group of highly contagious viruses that cause short-term gastrointestinal symptoms. The resources listed on this new NCCEH topic page highlight a range of available norovirus resources to provide guidance on dealing with norovirus outbreaks to public health practitioners, food handlers, and health care providers.

Food Issues: Notes from the Field

The newest addition to The BC Centre for Disease Control's Food Issues: Notes from the Field collection reviews the risks of preparing and serving cereal dipped in liquid nitrogen to produce a fog-like effect called "dragon's breath." Another recent 2017 entry reviews the manufacturing process risks of nut butters and fermented cashew nut cheeses.

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Featured Event
• Jan 10: NCCEH Seminar Series - Cannabis Legalization and Environmental Health

Public Consultation on Cannabis Regulation
• Health Canada is seeking feedback on their Consultation Paper: Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis. The deadline to provide written comments and responses to the questionnaire is January 20, 2018.

Lead Hazards in Holiday Toys and Toy Jewelry
• The US CDC has developed a brief set of FAQ concerning the potential for children's exposure to lead in metal and plastic toys, especially imported toys, antique toys, and toy jewelry.

Request for Collaboration on Fermented Food Safety Guideline
• Lorraine McIntyre of BCCDC Environmental Health Services is looking to collaborate with provinces who have encountered fermented foods and put together a joint guideline on general fermented food safety. To find out more about the working group, please contact her by January 15, 2018.

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Recent Publications

Canada's air
Health risk assessment of gasoline exhaust emissions
Costs of pollution in Canada. Measuring the impacts on families, businesses and governments

Built Environment
MUSE: A pan-Canadian project promoting health equity through built environments
Health economic assessment tool (HEAT) for walking and for cycling: Methods and user guide on physical activity, air pollution, injuries and carbon impact assessments
Is Uber a substitute or complement for public transit?

Lancet countdown 2017 report: Briefing for Canadian policymakers
Increased coronary heart disease and stroke hospitalisations from ambient temperatures in Ontario
Protecting and promoting population health in the context of climate and other global environmental changes

Contaminants and Hazards
Reducing health risks associated with backyard chickens
Biological effects of gold mine tailings on the intertidal marine environment in Nova Scotia, Canada
Global infection prevention and control priorities 2018–22: a call for action

Development of a strategic plan for food security and safety in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Canada
Food swamps predict obesity rates better than food deserts in the United States
Implications of a basic income guarantee for household food insecurity
Une politique bioalimentaire pour un Québec en santé : des pistes d'action actualisées

Practices and Procedures
Assuming policy responsibility for health equity: local public health action in Ontario, Canada
Key policies for addressing the social determinants of health and health inequities
Lessons Learned from the Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention (CLASP) Initiative in Supporting Indigenous Health and Wellness

​• Cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms in water
Evaluating potential health effects of secondary drinking water contaminants
Unwell: The public health implications of unregulated drinking water


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