Tighter food supervision on the menu at CNE
Watch above: Carey Marsden reports on the new foods and food safety procedures at the CNE.
TORONTO – The sometimes outrageous and mostly fried treats being served at the Canadian National Exhibition will be under much more scrutiny this summer following last year’s food poisoning outbreak.
In addition to 20 extra health inspectors visiting each food booth at least twice, vendors have been required to submit detailed lists of food ingredients as well to keep an eye on freshness, cleanliness and food storage conditions.
Random food inspections will also be taking place daily. Off site inspections have happened in the past, but Toronto Public Health officials said more will be happening. Inspectors will go right to the source and monitor how food is prepared, packaged and stored for transport to CNE grounds.
The new measures come after Toronto Public Health received 223 reports from visitors to the fair who had experienced gastrointestinal symptoms after eating the cronut burger at the CNE between Aug. 16 and 20, 2013.
The health agency determined the contamination came from the maple bacon jam topping on the novelty burgers sold by Epic Burgers and Waffles.
It was later found that the contaminated jam came from the Toronto-based supplier, Le Dolci.
The CNE officially opens on Aug. 15 and runs to Sept. 1.
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