This video from CityNews Toronto presents “Cronut burger behind CNE food-borne illnesses: Toronto Public Health.”
- “Toronto Public Health says cronut Burgers sold by Epic Burgers & Waffles at the CNE appear to be the source of as many as 150 cases of food-borne illnesses.
- Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s medical officer of health, and CNE G.M. David Bednar spoke about the details at a Friday news conference. The vendor will remain closed as the investigation is ongoing.”
- Please click here to read CityNews report.
Toronto Public Health (TPH) has received over 150 reports from Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) visitors who experienced gastrointestinal symptoms after consuming food at the CNE in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, from August 16 to August 20.
Here are the early results of TPH’s ongoing investigation.
- The only common food consumed by those who were ill is the “cronut burger” sold by EPIC Burgers and Waffles.
- “Samples of the cronut burger were contaminated by staphylococcus aureus toxin.”
- Symptoms of illness range from an upset stomach to more serious symptoms, including diarrhea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and dehydration.
- TPH is continuing its investigation to determine how the staphylococcus aureus bacteria contamination occurred.
Please click here to see the TPH Fact Sheet about staphylococcus aureus (pdf).
Here are some facts about Staphylococcus aureus according to FoodSafety.gov .
- Staphylococcus aureus (or Staph aureus) is a type of bacteria commonly found on the skin and hair as well as in the noses and throats of people and animals.
- Staphylococcus can cause food poisoning when a food handler contaminates food and then the food is not properly refrigerated.
- Other sources of food contamination include the equipment and surfaces on which food is prepared.
- These bacteria multiply quickly at room temperature to produce a toxin that causes illness.
- Staphylococcus is killed by cooking and pasteurization.
- Please click here to get more info about food poisoning caused by Staph aureus and safety tips on preventing this food borne illness.
This video presents “Cronut burger controversy.”
- CBCTheNational gives a description of the “cronut burger” in this video.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
August 23, 2013
Toronto Public Health update on CNE food borne illness investigation
This week, Toronto Public Health (TPH) has been investigating an outbreak of food borne illness among individuals who visited the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto.
TPH’s investigation included a thorough on-site inspection of one premise on August 21, including collection of food samples for testing and interviews of individuals who were ill to determine their symptoms and what they ate.
As of 10 a.m. today, TPH has received over 150 reports from CNE visitors who experienced gastrointestinal symptoms after consuming food at the CNE from August 16 to August 20 and interviewed over 100 individuals. The only common food consumed by those who were ill is the “cronut burger” sold by EPIC Burgers.
“Early laboratory test results indicate that samples of the cronut burger were contaminated by staphylococcus aureus toxin which is a recognized cause of food borne illness,” said Dr.David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health.
Symptoms of illness range from an upset stomach to more serious symptoms, including diarrhea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and dehydration. TPH is continuing its investigation to determine how the contamination occurred.
Prior to the opening of the CNE, food handler training was offered to over 1,600 food handlers. Since the CNE’s opening weekend, TPH has inspected over 300 food premises. TPH continues to actively monitor and will work with vendors on food safety for the duration of the annual fair.
For more information about staphylococcus aureus see the TPH factsheet at http://www.toronto.ca/health/moh/pdf/food_safety_backgrounder.pdf
Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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