Seven people have fallen ill — with one of them in critical condition — after eating at a restaurant in Montreal this past December. The people contracted E. coli O157:H7 bacteria, after eating raw meat at Marché 27 on Prince Arthur St.
The agriculture, fisheries and food ministry, MAPAQ, is responsible for verifying food safety in restaurants in Quebec, and officials with the agency have repeatedly told CTV News they will not confirm where those afflicted with the infection ate because there is no current contamination. MAPAQ did confirm that everyone sick with E. coli O157:H7 had eaten at the same restaurant.
Restaurant owner Jason Masso has confirmed the seven people were infected at his restaurant, however he believes the problem will ultimately be traced to the slaughterhouse or the butcher who provided the meat.
In a statement, the meat supplier, Viandes Decarie, said no infection could be traced back to them.