ICYMI: Health Canada responds to baby formula shortage, PEI's alternative crops for cash program, and more

Here are five stories you might have missed in food news this week

The week will soon be coming to a close and if you’re looking to catch up on the latest in Canadian food news, you’ve come to the right place. 

From a Health Canada update on the North American baby formula shortage to a P.E.I. potato proposition that could potentially help Island farmers find a new source of income, here are five food stories you might have missed this week.

Health Canada responds to baby formula shortage

After last week’s baby formula shortage continued into this week, Health Canada confirmed that it has begun working with manufacturers to expedite product importation wherever possible. Until the crisis comes under control, Health Canada is advising against using homemade formulas or substitutes such as cow’s milk, goat’s milk, and evaporated milk. 

Health Canada has also said that parents should avoid buying in bulk and should not buy products from unknown sources.

Head to the Toronto Star for more information.

P.E.I. potato farmers can grow alternative crops for cash

Following a recent announcement from P.E.I.’s agriculture minister that there will be no exports of Island seed potatoes until at least next year, the province recently proposed that farmers who are unable to export their potatoes convert to alternative crops until next season.

Those who are able to qualify will receive $1,000 per acre, which the province hopes will help keep farmers afloat while also sustaining the farms for future harvests. 

Visit CBC News for the full story.

Western Living Magazine announces 2022 Foodies of the Year

Western Living’s 15th annual Foodies of the Year list was released this week which, if you’re unfamiliar, serves to celebrate Canadian foodies in Western Canada. Some of this year’s notable winners include Calgary chef Garrett Martin (Major Tom Bar), Edmonton director Omar Mouallem (The Last Baron), and Vancouver culinary duo Miki Ellis and Stephen Whiteside (Dachi, Elephant, Hanai). 

Find this year's full list of winners at Western Living

Saskatoon city council to vote on downtown grocery store proposal

Saskatoon city council is getting ready to vote this upcoming Tuesday on the proposed Pitchfork Market + Kitchen full-service grocery store potentially coming to the city’s downtown core. According to city administrators, council will vote on six different options centred around a tax abatement request and the reconstruction of a nearby intersection. 

Find out more at CTV News.

OpenTable’s 100 Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining


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Online restaurant reservation service OpenTable recently ranked what they believe to be the best outdoor dining venues in Canada. Despite being limited to restaurants in Ontario, B.C., Alberta, and Quebec who use its service, the data OpenTable collected did produce some interesting numbers. 

According to OpenTable, restaurant reservations during the month of May showed an increase of 61 per cent compared to the pre-pandemic era. The list also provided a curated selection of dog-friendly patios in the four participating provinces. \

Head to Restobiz to see the full announcement.