Maple bacon jam topping deemed the culprit in CNE food illnesses
It was the maple bacon jam topping on the cronut burger that caused people to fall ill last week, Toronto Public Health (TPH) confirmed Tuesday morning.
“New lab results indicate that the maple bacon jam, which is one component of the cronut burger, is the cause of food-borne illnesses at the CNE,” said Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. “We have ensured the contaminated product is not served. There is no risk to the public.”
Monday, Aug. 19, about a dozen people reported being ill after visiting the CNE, five of them having to be taken to the hospital. As of 8 a.m. Aug. 27, TPH had received 223 reports from CNE visitors who experienced gastrointestinal symptoms after consuming food at the CNE from August 16 to August 20.
TPH has interviewed more than 150 people who reported ill, not all of whom reported eating a cronut burger – a croissant, donut, hamburger hybrid – which was one the main food attractions at the fair this year.
The only common food consumed by those who were ill is the cronut burger sold by Epic Burger and Waffles.
Epic Burger and Waffles voluntarily closed while an investigation was done by TPH, but will be allowed to reopen at the CNE today as long as they do not serve the maple bacon jam.
TPH’s investigation is focusing on the supplier of the bacon jam, Le Dolci, to determine how the contamination occurred. Le Dolci has voluntarily ceased production of this product.