ICYMI: the need for national school food program, Hepatitis A warning on Save-On-Foods fruit, and the story of bacon in this week’s food news

Educating Canadian children about healthy diets, fermented foods' benefits to health, and useful food supply tips in last week’s food news.

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With the first days of school comes talk about healthy diets for kids and what they need to get enough energy to support their learning. Food Secure Canada suggests that Canada needs a national school food program that will provide kids with nutritious lunches at school and teach them about healthy eating habits.

But, even fruits have their perils. Alberta Health Services advises you to check ready-to-go pineapple cups from Western Family from Save-On-Foods, as they may have been contaminated with Hepatitis A.

For something not so healthy, but always delicious, bacon has had its ups and downs in food history.

Benefits of a national school food program

Canada might rank high in quality of education, but it is definitely low on the scale of providing nutritious and healthy food to children. Food Secure Canada suggests a national school food program, which would ensure children’s access to healthy lunches at schools and educate them about what constitutes a healthy diet.

Read more about the story at CBC News.

Fermented foods as a part of our diet

Speaking of a balanced diet, researchers have proven that the consumption of fermented foods could be beneficial to our health. Some even suggest that this type of food should be recognized as the fifth official food group. Read more about the health benefits of fermented foods and their evolution in Huffington Post.

Hepatitis A warming on Western Family pineapple cups and fruit salad

If you recently bought Western Family ready-to-go pineapple cups, Alberta Health Services advises you to check your fridge! The Hepatitis A virus was found in cups with the production date of Aug. 12. The product was mainly sold in Save-On-Foods stores.

Read more about the store locations that sold the product and a list of other affect products at CBC News. 

The story of bacon

Bacon used to be a popular food until research showed that its consumption is carcinogenic. It sure had its time though, as witnessed by the popularity of the 71,000-calorie Fast Food Lasagna wrapped in bacon, and the TurBaconEpic. Read more about the story of bacon in the National Post.

Fresh food is now available in some food banks in Nova Scotia

Low-income people in Glace Bay and Sydney Mines now have access to fresh baked goods, locally-grown vegetables, fish and different kinds of meat that they would not be able to afford otherwise. This food bank upgrade program has emerged thanks to the partnership of Pan Cape Breton Food Hub Co-op and the Ecology Action Centre. 

Read more about the program at CBC News.