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Roast seasoned with hand cleaner served to seniors at Saskatchewan care home

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WATCH ABOVE: While no one got sick, families of seniors at the Carrot River Health Centre who were served a roast that had been seasoned by hand cleaner weren't notified about the incident until two weeks later – Jun 20, 2018

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is reviewing policies and procedures after a number of long-term care residents were knowingly served a beef roast that had been seasoned in toxic hand cleaner.

The incident happened last month at the Carrot River Health Centre where 35 residents live.

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According to the Sask Health Authority, a powdered hand cleaner was decanted by a staff member into a spice container and no change was made to the container’s label. The container was then placed by the kitchen sink.

Officials said a different staff member unknowingly used it on a roast.

When staff noticed the error, they removed the outer portion of the roast and served it to residents for that meal.

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“Once it was discovered that the food had been tainted, none of the roast should have been served to the residents or staff members,” the Sask Health Authority said in a written statement.

Family members of residents who consumed the roast were notified by mail on May 22. The incident occurred on May 6.

The letter calls the error a “no harm incident” and reassures families the manufacturer of the product states the hand cleaner “has low toxicity.”

Carrot River is approximately 260 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.

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