Source of Article: http://www.cordweekly.com/cordweekly/news?news_id=2243
The recent Escherichia coli (E. coli)
outbreak that has hit Southern Ontario has begun to make its mark on
Health officials closed the school
cafeteria, run by Aramark
Kelly Ough, Director of Food Services at WLU and an Aramark employee, assured that the Fresh Food Co. is doing everything possible to ensure the safety of its customers. “We are doing our standard food-safety precautions ... avoiding cross-contamination keeping raw and cooked foods away from each other.”
The Fresh Food Co. has not disposed of any suspicious products as of yet. Ough explained that they are “waiting to hear what the CFIA comes up with as a link to E. coli.”
However, in light of the two ill students, St. Mary’s High School has thrown out all romaine lettuce as a precautionary measure prior to the cafeteria’s reopening on November 13.
In total, there are 140 confirmed and
probable cases of the E. coli infection in
Karen Ostrander, Health Services manager at WLU, said that there are many products that the public should be cautious of and even avoid during an outbreak. The most common causes of E. coli infection are “the ingestion of ground beef products, such as hamburgers, that are rare or inadequately cooked ... [the] consumption of lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, unpasteurized juice, milk or cider and also person-to-person transmission.”
Until the source is determined, ensuring food is thoroughly washed and cooked is the best means of avoiding infection.
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