We have recently heard that a salmonella outbreak has sickened more than 80 people in Canada. They may have found the source: frozen pastries.
The sickness started in 2018
Many chocolate eclairs and cream puffs have been checked because of the outbreak, which affected people of ages between 1 to 88 years old. As per PHAC – Public Health Agency of Canada – there have been reported 27 cases of illness in Ontario, 12 cases in Alberta, 10 cases in Manitoba, 9 cases in Saskatchewan and 2 cases in Quebec. All of them took place between November 2018 and March this year.
Two people died – was it because of Salmonella?
Nineteen people needed to get to the hospital. Two died, but specialists were not sure whether the salmonella caused it or not. PHAC says that many people who got sick have eaten Celebrate-brand eclairs and profiteroles, and these are sold in resealable plastic tubs. They are advising people not to consume them anymore. Instead, people should get rid of them, and any container that was used to store it be washed. Also, if people touch the products, they are advised to wash their hands thoroughly.
What have the officials to say about this situation?
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has asked for a recall notice for the Celebrate products – Mini Chocolate Eclairs, Classic Profiteroles and Egg Nog Profiteroles. They also asked the same thing for five flavors of profiteroles that are sold in four-kilogram tubs.
These items have been sold in all the provinces where the sickness has been reported, and also in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Salmonella infections are very dangerous. They can make people experience symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, nausea, stomach cramps and vomiting. A serious infection can lead to severe illness and hospitalization, even death.
Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.