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Kitchen at centre of daycare E. coli outbreak allowed to reopen in ‘limited capacity’

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Toy, Adam
Publication Date: 
27 Nov 2023


On Sept. 27, the health minister announced a panel would be formed under former Calgary police chief Rick Hanson to review food safety for kitchens that serve child-care facilities.

On Monday, the province announced the members of the panel:

  • Pediatrician and infectious diseases specialist Dr. James Kellner
  • Food microbiologist Dr. Lynn McMullen
  • Restauranteur Leslie Echino
  • Day care owner and operator Tyler and Shapka
  • YMCA president and CEO Shannon Doram

The panel had its first meeting on Nov. 2 and will continue to meet through the winter. The final report with recommendations on how to improve food safety for daycares is expected in the spring, unless the panel deems an interim report identifying early ways to improve food safety regulations or procedures is warranted.

“The panel’s recommendations will inform decisions on what can be done to enhance or strengthen the food safety system and will be instrumental in preventing future outbreaks,” Health Minister Adriana LaGrange said in a statement.