Lindsay jail among seven possibly exposed to listeria

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Date: 2008-11-25

The Central East Correctional Centre is one of seven Ontario jails that were possibly exposed to listeria earlier this month.

Dr. David Williams, Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health, is alerting individuals who were incarcerated in the jails between Nov. 13 and 16 of a possible exposure to the bacteria.

Health officials say that on Friday (Nov. 21), the operator of a correctional services food production facility in Milton informed the Halton Region Health Department that food and environmental samples taken during routine surveillance at the facility had tested positive for listeria.

The tests relate to samples taken from food that may have been consumed between Nov. 13 and 16.

As a result, health officials ordered Eurest Dining Services to cease production and distribution of food and to immediately implement sanitation of the plant and equipment.

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services immediately ordered that serving of any food from the facility was stopped.

No cases of illness have been reported, officials said.

Health officials say inmates and staff were notified of the symptoms of listeriosis and were advised to notify correctional officials if there were concerns.

Dr. Williams noted that some of the individuals who were incarcerated are now released, and is asking health care providers to be alert for anyone who may have symptoms of listeriosis. He also said there is no danger to the general public.

The production facility provides 9,000 meals per day to about 4,500 inmates.

Health department officials are investigating the source of the contamination.



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