Ottawa Public Health is investigating a salmonella outbreak that sent three
young children to hospital.
Dr. Rosamund Lewis, medical director for Ottawa public Health, said there
have been 15 lab-confirmed cases of salmonellosis in young children and one
in an adult.
“We have one caterer that’s being looked into, but we’re casting a wide net
to see if there are other possible sources of contamination,” she said.
Lewis said contamination can come from a kitchen or an ingredient brought
into a kitchen.
Director of the Tiny Hoppers daycare in Kanata North Carrie-Anne Blaine said
three of her facility’s kids came down with salmonella poisoning.
“It wasn’t our food,” she said. “And our babies are coming back, they’re
Public Health is looking into their caterer, The Lunch Lady, she said. The
daycare recently decided to stop using that caterer at the end of last week
to go with an in-house cook, but that decision was not based on any problems
with the company.
Calls to the caterer were not immediately returned
Two of The Lunch Lady’s kitchens were inspected by Public Health Monday and
both were found to be in compliance with health regulations, according to
the city’s website.