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Update September 12, 2023
As of Sept. 12, there were 264 lab-confirmed cases of E. coli connected to this outbreak. 25 individuals have been hospitalized. Among them, 22 have received confirmation of suffering from hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a severe condition resulting from E. coli infection. Additionally, 6 patients are undergoing peritoneal dialysis at Alberta Children’s Hospital. Children with severe illness are currently in stable conditions and are receiving the necessary care within the hospital. Meanwhile, other children and their families are receiving care and support at three outpatient clinics established within Calgary hospitals.
The central kitchen utilized by the daycares underwent a total of five inspections this year. The most recent inspection occurred on September 5th, prompted by the proactive closure of the kitchen in response to the outbreak. This inspection revealed 3 critical violations pertaining to food handling, sanitization, and pest control. Additionally, two non-critical violations were identified concerning an odor issue and the storage of utensils.
A detailed investigation is currently underway to determine the source of the contamination, which is believed to be a food source from the central kitchen used by the daycares.
September 04, 2023
Alberta Health Service (AHS) is investigating an E. coli outbreak linked to a Calgary daycare operator. They identified the outbreak across 6 locations of a Calgary daycare and 5 additional sites that share a central kitchen. To date, 17 lab-confirmed cases have been linked to the outbreak, as well as 12 individuals hospitalized, and up to 50 children presenting to hospital. Investigation into the source of the outbreak within the facilities is ongoing, with heightened scrutiny on the shared central kitchen among the involved daycare centers.
The subsequent locations, all situated in Calgary, have received a closure order until issues are resolved:
- Fueling Brains Braeside
- Fueling Brains West 85th
- Fueling Brains New Brighton
- Fueling Brains Centennial
- Fueling Brains Bridgeland
- Fueling Brains McKnight
As well as:
- Braineer Academy
- Kidz Space
- Little Oak Early Education (formerly Mangrove)
- Almond Branch School
- Vik Academy in Okotoks
Alberta Health Service (AHS) acknowledges the predominant symptom of E.coli, diarrhea, tends to surface one to 10 days after consumption of contaminated food. In light of this, families with children attending any of these facilities have been advised to be vigilant for signs of sickness and take action should symptoms emerge.
In case you are experiencing E. coli symptoms such as watery diarrhea (often bloody), vomiting; stomach cramps; and mild fever, it is important to report it. It can help to detect & resolve outbreaks early and prevent others from being harmed, and it enables better surveillance. If symptoms persist, seek medical care.
Sunday November 26, 2023 I ordered a two beef enchilada combo for myself, and a single shredded chicken enchilada for my 87 year old mother. Tuesday morning November 28, I was awoken by my mother who was extremely ill. She had diarrhea, and was vomiting, and almost... passed out. As I was trying to assist her, I got real sweaty, and had to use the toilet where I had a little diarrhea myself, but felt better afterwards. My mother however did not. Ended up having to call 911, a trip by ambulance to the ER. She was diagnosed with Clostridioides difficile (infection of the colon), acute pancreatitis. C. difficile is transmitted through contaminated food from an infected person. You can also get it from taking certain antibiotics, which she has not taken any. The evening prior to this, my stomach was making all kinds of strange noises. At that time, I didn't feel that bad. As a result, my mother has been severely sick for several days, will now have a huge medical bill, and I've lost two days work caring for her 24 hours a day. Never eating there again. | Symptoms: Nausea, Diarrhea, Vomiting, Sweating
I had the burrito And the next day went to work but left early. Once I got home I threw up 8 times in the bathroom. I feel sick as can be
Suspected food poisoning. Symptoms: Diarrhea, Nausea, Vomiting, Stomach Pain, Chills | Symptoms: Nausea, Diarrhea, Vomiting, Chills, Stomach Pain
Me and my bf ate saltine crackers last night from dollar general. I ate one and had a really strong soap/detergent after taste, my bf was confused at my reaction so he tried one. Then he had the same reaction as me informing me of the same... taste. We unfortunately already ate 2 crackers each and within an hour later me and my bf was super sick. I was having pain in my lower stomach. me and my bf both had diarrhea feeling nauseous the rest of the night. We tried looking into it seeing if anyone else had the same problems which turns out there was a few people having the same problem. We woke up this morning feeling still super nauseous . I currently have a sore throat and it hurts to talk/ consume anything. | Symptoms: Nausea, Diarrhea, Vomiting, Sore Throat
Report date: Nov 29, 2023
60. Previous core violation corrected
- comments: 8-404. 13(b:4) found continued non- compliance from inspection report #2560764 conducted on july 14, 2022. The following previous core violations were not corrected 6-202. 15 observed the revolving entrance door not rodent proofed with a... one inch gap at the bottom. Instructed to make said revolving entrance door tight fitting and rodent proofed. Instructed manager to comply. Priority foundation violation. 7-42-090.
Report date: Nov 29, 2023
47. Food & non-food contact surfaces cleanable, properly designed, constructed & used
- comments: observed cardboard used as liner on shelving units throughout the establishment. Instructed the person in charge to remove all cardboard from shelving units and maintain. All food and... non-food contact surfaces must be smooth and easily cleanable.
51. Plumbing installed; proper backflow devices
- comments: observed no backflow prevention device for the utility sink in the rear near the three-compartment sink. Instructed the person in charge to provide a backflow prevention device located so that it may be serviced and maintained.
55. Physical facilities installed, maintained & clean
- comments: observed some debris on the floor in the rear storage area. Instructed the person in charge to clean floors and maintain.
I ordered delivery Tuesday Nov 28, 2023 and was very ill within an hour after consuming. Still trying to get through it and feeling rough.
. It was the Salmon delight. | Symptoms: Nausea, Diarrhea, Vomiting
Ate the tomato soup in the evening yesterday. Been throwing up ever since. | Symptoms: Vomiting
We bought their Italian meatballs. Put them into the oven as directed and within 12 hours my husband was throwing up and had diarrhea. Within 24 hours it hit me. Both ends- it was the worst experience of our lives | Symptoms: Nausea, Diarrhea, Vomiting
Suspected food poisoning. Symptoms: Diarrhea, Nausea, Vomiting, Fever, Stomach Pain, Cramps, Chills, Headache
Suspected source: Muffin
Onset: 4 to 12 hours
Duration: 12 to 24 hours
Sick: Me | Symptoms: Diarrhea, Nausea, Vomiting, Fever, Stomach Pain, Cramps, Chills, Headache
1 week ago
Suspected food poisoning. Symptoms: Diarrhea, Stomach Pain
Suspected source: Chicken strips, fries, gravy, or sweet and sour sauce
Onset: Less than 4 hours
Duration: Less than 4 hours
Sick: 2 people | Symptoms: Diarrhea, Stomach Pain
Recent Interesting Reports
The FSAI announced the recall of several Butler's Pantry products because they contain sulphites which are not declared on the list of ingredients. This may make the affected batches unsafe for consumers who are allergic to or intolerant of sulphites or sulphur dioxide. These products were distributed... in Ireland.
The recalled products are:
- Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie, 330 g & 1155 g, Code: 31811/23. Best Before date: 17/11/23
- Wicklow Lamb Shepherd's Pie, 330g, Code: 31811/23. Best Before date: 20/11/23
- Wicklow Lamb Shepherd's Pie, 1155g, Code: 31811/23. Best Before date: 20/11/23 and 17/11/23
- Creamy Mashed Potatoes, 330g, Code: 31811/23. Best Before date: 20/11/23
- Creamy Mashed Potatoes, 330g, Code: 31411/23. Best Before date: 16/11/23
- Creamy Mashed Potatoes, 1155g, Code: 31811/23. Best Before date: 20/11/23
- Creamy Mashed Potatoes, 1400g, Code: 31411/23. Best Before date: 16/11/23
- Garlic Gratin Potato, 330g, Code: 31711/23. Best Before date: 19/11/23
- Garlic Gratin Potato, 330g, Code: 31311/23. Best Before date: 15/11/23
- Garlic Gratin Potato, 1155g, Code: 31711/23. Best Before date: 19/11/23
Do not use, sell, serve or distribute the affected products.
In case you experienced harm from allergens or undeclared ingredients, it is important to report it. It can help to detect & resolve issues and prevent others from being harmed, and it enables better surveillance. If symptoms persist, seek medical care.
Please know i have no allergies and posess a strong and health digestive system. I can confirm that after eating the Trader Joes Sesame Sticks a second time and nothing else but consumed I confirm this recently purchased and unexpired product is the cause of illness. SKU#19701... Exp Dec 29, 2023, code #2133CF3THL1 | Symptoms: Diarrhea
Ordered Taco Bell 6:30pm tomatoes on crunchy Gordita tasted a little bitter. 12am had bad gas and stomach issues. Shivering and unable to get warm. Just before 1am vomiting started followed by diarrhea. As of 3am vomiting is still going strong. | Symptoms: Nausea, Diarrhea, Vomiting, Gas, Shaking
4 weeks ago
Bought banana happy home Flavoring on Amazon ,10/27/23 delivered on 10/29/23
Wasn’t sealed and I tasted it and taste awful Immediately started vomiting And then within 2 hours stomach cramps and diarrhea . I haven’t eaten anything else, nor drank anything except my bottle water. Emailed the... company with no response.
Amazon was not helpful either . I go to the website on Amazon and saw a bunch of complaints On the same brand. It should be recalled. | Symptoms: Nausea, Diarrhea, Vomiting, Cramps
Yesterday, November 18, I went to buy some things at IKEA, how hungry I went to their restaurant, I ordered some vegetarian dumplings and 2 or 3 hours after eating my stomach started to hurt horrible, I threw up twice and at night I had a cold... at home, now I know that I have a stomach infection due to so many chemicals or poor hygiene in my food | Symptoms: Vomiting, Fever, Stomach Pain
Starting getting severe stomach pain about an hour after eating my chicken salad. Experiencing diarrhea and stomach pain | Symptoms: Diarrhea, Stomach Pain
After ordering their chicken ramen and salmon sushi, I have abdominal tenderness at night affecting my sleep. The next morning, the pain was so unbearable. I then have diarrhoea for at least 5 times. | Symptoms: Diarrhea
5 days ago
I was eating a fruit bowl that held moldy fruits and I had bought some beef carne de res taquitos which had me extremely sick due to the lack of them replacing the old foods with fresh ones | Symptoms: Nausea, Diarrhea, Vomiting
3 days ago
Suspected food poisoning. Symptoms: Diarrhea, Nausea, Headache
Suspected source: cream cheese didn't taste right on bagel
Onset: Less than 4 hours
Duration: Less than 4 hours
Additional information: Possibly sausage egg cheese croissant could be the problem there too? Also had iced coffee. This has... happened before at that location. Thank you. | Symptoms: Diarrhea, Nausea, Headache
2 weeks ago
3 of us all got the tortilla chicken soup for dinner from El Pollo Loco off of Temecula Parkway. All of us had diarrhea, stomach pains and headaches several hours later. It was horrible.
This was the only food that we all ate that night. 11/14/23 | Symptoms: Nausea, Diarrhea, Headache, Stomach Pain