Chris Parnell had one thing to eat Tuesday — a cronut burger at the CNE.
Within a few hours, his stomach pains escalated to vomiting and an ambulance trip to the hospital. A day later, he learned he was one of 34 people reporting symptoms of food-borne illness after eating at the CNE, prompting a Toronto Public Health (TPH) investigation.
On Tuesday evening, the CNE voluntarily shut down food vendor Epic Burgers and Waffles, which sells the much-hyped croissant-donut-cheeseburger hybrid.
“At this point in our investigation we cannot confirm the food source,” said Dr. Lisa Berger, TPH’s associate medical officer of health. “We are investigating the cronut burger, we are investigating various other food items, and we can’t confirm right now.”
The cronut burger - a beef patty on a deep-fried croissant - was the star weird food of this year's CNE, until reports of food-borne illness brought an abrupt end to sales Tuesday evening.
TPH is focusing on people who ate at the CNE since opening day last Friday, and expects lab results from Epic Burger and Waffles food samples later this week. “We are continuing our investigation to interview these persons and identify the cause of illness.”
Paramedics assessed 12 patients who experienced gastrointestinal problems, including vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain, at the CNE on Tuesday, said Emergency Medical Services spokesman Jamie Rodgers.
Five were taken to hospital.I THINK IT WAS THE EXECUTION NOT THE CONCEPT.