After becoming the epicenter of a salmonella outbreak that made 50 people ill a little over two months ago, a Lunch Lady catering franchise has been cited by Ottawa Public Health inspectors for a food safety infraction.
“It wasn’t a failed inspection,” said Jonathan Morris, owner of the Lunch Lady location on Boyd Avenue. “It concerned our walk-in fridge which was a little warm since we’re in and out of it all day.”
Restaurant inspection records show the establishment was not in compliance with food storage regulations that say food must be kept at 4 C or below.
“This was a routine inspection and we found their walk in cooler was a few degrees warmer than it should be,” Ottawa Public Health said in a statement. “When there’s a deficiency we need to have it rectified immediately. They are now in compliance.”
“The inspector came back 12 hours later and the fridge was fine,” Morris said. “Since March we’ve done a whole bunch of retraining and temperature logging and are double checking our complex cleaning routine.”
Morris said that the salmonella outbreak in March rattled him deeply, since many of the victims were children who ate ground beef prepared by the caterer.
In all, the three Lunch Lady franchises in the city serve about 5,000 children at 55 locations including more than 15 schools throughout Ottawa.