TORONTO – Public health officials and the Canadian National Exhibition have shut down two booths in the CNE Food Building due to food safety infractions, the CNE said Wednesday.
Bourbon Street Grill and Bao 360 Shanghai Express — both operated by Innovated Restaurant Group — were shut down Tuesday and will remain closed for the remainder of the fair, the CNE said.
“Upon a re-inspection and monitoring of the two booths in question, the inspector identified some serious food-safety-related matters — namely sanitation issues, food safety handling practices as well as temperature control of hazardous food, such as meat and chicken,” Jim Chan, Toronto Public Health manager of food safety, said at a news conference.
The fair said the two booths were also in breach of CNE contract rules and regulations but did not give details.
“We continue to work very cooperatively and very diligently with Toronto Public Health and our food safety consultants to ensure the safety of the public when they come to eat at the CNE,” CNE GM David Bednar said.
Inspection details on DineSafe say Bourbon failed to provide hand-washing supplies, wash multi-use utensils, properly wash surfaces in rooms and keep hazardous foods at high enough temperatures, among other concerns.
A DineSafe report on Bao 360 Shanghai Express says it failed to prevent gross unsanitary conditions, to ensure food was not contaminated or adulterated and keep hazardous foods at high enough temperatures.
The recent closures come on the heels of a food-borne illness outbreak linked to more than 79 cases.
Bednar stressed that the latest closures are unrelated.
He said similar closures happen about every other year but these are in the spotlight due to the recent outbreak.
On Tuesday, Toronto Public Health said lab results revealed that maple bacon jam — a component of the Cronut Burger — was to blame for the food-borne illness at the CNE.
Samples of the jam were found to be contaminated by the Staphylococcus aureus toxin. Public health officials are now investigating Toronto bakery Le Dolci, which produced the jam to serve atop the headline-making Cronut Burger.
Epic Burgers & Waffles, which served the doughnut-croissant hybrid cheeseburger, was shut down Aug. 21 and reopened Tuesday. The vendor pulled the Cronut Burger from its menu and says it is no longer doing business with the bakery.
As of Tuesday morning, Toronto Public Health said it received 223 reports from patrons who experienced gastrointestinal symptoms after eating at the CNE from Aug. 16 to Aug. 20.