Source of Article: http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2008/08/25/camp-listeria-fear.html
Officials are awaiting test
results to determine whether seven workers at a summer camp near
The workers at
Heather MacDonald, a spokeswoman for the camp, said staff members consumed a product on the recall list of foods produced by Maple Leaf Foods before it was taken off the camp's menu.
"They were exhibiting some of the symptoms," she told CBC News on Monday. "There was a strong suspicion that it came from that particular Maple Leaf [Foods] product that we had on hand."
Federal food inspectors are testing samples for evidence of the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, which causes listeriosis.
Symptoms include vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. Public health officials say symptoms can occur up to 70 days after contaminated food is consumed, with the average incubation period of 30 days.
MacDonald said it was tough to
"That had left a small group of staff to effectively be operating the program, and we decided in our best interests to shut down the camp a few days early," she said.
Dr. Denis Allard, a district
health officer in
"Our inspectors have gone and done a regular inspection that they would do when an outbreak is notified, which is looking at the food-handling practices," he said.
Allard said it could be a week before officials know whether the workers suffered from listeriosis or a similar illness.
The recall list has been expanded
to include more than 200 items under brands such as Maple Leaf, Compliments,
Hickory Farms and Schneider's. All of the products were manufactured in
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