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Unpasteurized milk and juice

“You cannot distribute or sell raw milk in Canada, and there are a million good reasons why: listeria, salmonella, E. coli, campylobacter, Yersinia [enterocolitica] to name a few,” Richards says. “Yersinia and listeria grow at refrigerated temperatures. You cannot control or slow them down by putting them in the refrigerator.
The bacteria can cause food poisoning and lead to fever, vomiting, diarrhea, life-threatening kidney failure, miscarriage, and death, according to Health Canada.
Although there are people who want raw milk to be made legal and readily accessible, as it is in Europe (where it must be labelled), in Canada, milk must be pasteurized, a process that uses heat to kill harmful bacteria while retaining the substance’s nutritional properties.
Richards avoids unpasteurized juices too, which can be contaminated with salmonella, E. coli and Cryptosporidium parasites. Like raw milk, this type of juice should not be consumed by kids, seniors, or people who are pregnant or have compromised immune systems.

The 9 foods a health inspector will never eat

During her career as a health inspector, Lynn K. Richards has seen it all — and as a result, there are a few foods she knows better than to put on her plate.


We’ve rounded up eight items that Richards, who is a food-safety consultant and trainer with TrainCan, which offers education and certification across Canada, will never touch. Take a look at the gallery above, and let us know hat foods you avoid in the comments.

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