In a latest development a producer of mug bean sprouts had to stop production due to an outbreak of salmonella infestation.
Toronto Public Health issued an order today against Toronto Sun Wah Trading Inc. to halt distribution of bean sprouts (mung beans) as the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.
Two hundred and ninety cases of Salmonella have been reported to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care from across the province. The cases have been reported since the beginning of November. Normally, 20-25 cases are reported per month at this time of year.
'We have linked this food processing plant to a number of illness in this outbreak. While this investigation continues, as a precaution, we are advising the public to avoid eating bean sprouts' said Dr. Sheela Basrur, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health.
This is an example of efficient health policy and community health services. The entire batch has been withdrawn.