The City of Calgary says it has charged a catering company and school lunch delivery service provider at the centre of an E. coli outbreak affecting several daycares, as health authorities zeroed in on a likely source of the infections.
The city alleged Wednesday that Fueling Minds Inc. had been providing third-party food services to five Calgary child-care centres not owned by the company without a proper licence.
The corporation and its two directors have each been charged under the municipal business licensing bylaw for operating without a business licence for a total of 12 charges. They could face a total fine of up to $120,000.
Investigators have previously said the source almost certainly came from the central kitchen used by the 11 daycares at the root of the outbreak.
On Wednesday, the province's chief medical officer of health said odds were "extremely high'' that one meal in particular was the cause: meat loaf and vegan meat loaf served for lunch on Aug. 29.
He said there would be a third-party external review to ensure investigators had not missed anything in their investigation.