With the ultimate goal of strengthening the family, the role of OFSHEEA is to facilitate the professional development and personal growth of educators to promote quality Family Studies programs in Ontario.
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Check out this “chilling" article from CBCnews: Did you know Listeria can survive on the food in your freezer? http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/listeria-refrigeration-food-recall-1.3580816 Did you know that unlike other common harmful bacteria, Listeria can not only survive but thrive in the chilly environment of your freezer?
There have been several frozen food recalls in Canada in recent weeks (here <http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/newsroom/food-recall-warnings/complete-listing/2016-05-09b/eng/1462850202306/1462850205064> , here <http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/newsroom/food-recall-warnings/complete-listing/2016-05-07/eng/1462667105675/1462667109404> , here <http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/newsroom/food-recall-warnings/complete-listing/2016-05-03/eng/1462318122587/1462318124442> , here <http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/newsroom/food-recall-warnings/complete-listing/2016-04-23e/eng/1461458494788/1461458498163> , full list here<http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/newsroom/food-recall-warnings/eng/1299076382077/1299076493846> ) due to concerns over possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
Rick Holley, a University of Manitoba food safety expert, said that's one reason why Listeria is far more dangerous than contaminants such as E. coli or salmonella.
"This little organism can grow at refrigerator temperatures, so if there's any moisture at all around on fresh produce, the organism can reach numbers that can cause older folks and people who have immune system malfunctions [to get sick]," Holley said.
Fridges can act as incubators for the bacteria, whereas E. coli and salmonella often die off in the cold, Holley said.
The usual threshold that makes people sick is 3,000 or more Listeria bacteria per gram of food, Holley said. Left to grow in a fridge, and the number of bacteria can cross the threshold, leaving pregnant women, seniors and those with chronic health issues vulnerable to serious cases of listeriosis. More lethal than other bacteria The mortality rate for Listeria-borne illnesses is also "unusually high" compared to E. coli or salmonella, Holley said.
The bacteria is ubiquitous — "It's everywhere in very low numbers," Holley said. It can be found in soil or grass in small quantities that often don't pose much of a health risk. But when it builds up and becomes concentrated on equipment in food processing plants, "where things are not ideally clean," foods that come into contact with Listeria can be shipped from one factory to fridges across the country fairly quickly. "It can become dominant and be shed into the food," he said. "Sometimes, certain areas in some of these plants can build up these bacteria." That's more or less what happened in 2008, when 20 people died after a Listeria outbreak was linked backed to contaminated processed meats from Toronto <https://web.archive.org/web/20090207083151/http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/alert-alerte/listeria/listeria_2008-eng.php> .
Another 36 cases of Listeria-related illnesses were reported in connection with the outbreak, Health Canada reported. While it's resilient enough to stay alive in the cold, the bacteria is usually killed when cooked at "lethal" temperatures at or above 71 C, Holley said. A full list of product recalls is available on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's website. <http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/newsroom/food-recall-warnings/eng/1299076382077/1299076493846>
This week’s member only resource is: document To Diet or Not to Diet (72 KB) This is a small group research activity that has students look at a popular diet plan and compare it to Canada’s Food Guide. Students research the diet aims, health benefits/risks and adaptability to various diet restrictions/preferences to assess its effectiveness and sustainability. The assignment includes a fill-in chart and list of current diet plans. This assignment can be adapted to fit any nutrition course.
Submitted by: Jennifer Hill
I'm going to provide you with a resource for the grade 11 genders course [HSG3M] because I know that some of you are still asking for resources for the newer courses. Please see the following web sites to give you material to help you teach the course:
Also please find attached a short lesson plan which covers course expectations in the sections titled " social constructs in gender"; "power, relations in sex and gender", and "representations of gender" [e.g., B1.1, B1.2, B3.1, C1.3].
Submitted by: Camille Naranjit, Central West Regional Director
This is a brilliant communication piece for teachers to use to remind their students to bring items to class such as textbooks and field trip forms. It can also be used to remind students about very important due dates and upcoming events. It keeps a record of all your messages sent. You can set it up for each class and even extra-curricular activities. If students do not have a data plan, the messages can be sent to their emails as well. It has added a chat feature this year and although I was very skeptical about it in the beginning, the chat feature has been amazing! For example, when shopping for groceries, I can message students to find out about food allergies (if I left my list at work) and they can immediately respond back to me. You can turn the chat feature off and just use it as a one-way communication system. The best part is that this texting system is completely free! I have used it for 3 years and love it as do my students! If you do sign up, tell them that Jenn Marr sent you!
Here is an assignment that can be adapted for every class. It is called "Collective Reading Assignment" and A *Collective Reading* is a way to break up large chunks of text into smaller, more manageable bits. It involves working together to read the material and share information.
Attached is one for HSP3U but I have used it in many other courses!
Sent by: Jenn Marr
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