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‘Cronut Burger’ Reportedly Sickens 150 Visitors to Toronto Exhibition

Toronto public health officials have been investigating a foodborne illness outbreak among about 150 people who visited the Canadian National Exhibition there this past week.

Officials reportedly collected food samples for testing and interviewed more than 100 people. They said that the only common food consumed by those who later experienced gastrointestinal symptoms was the “cronut burger” sold by EPIC Burgers at the event.

A “cronut burger” is a hamburger patty topped with cheese and served between layers of a sugar-cinnamon pastry that’s a cross between a donut and a croissant.

“Early laboratory test results indicate that samples of the cronut burger were contaminated by staphylococcus aureus toxic, which is a recognized cause of foodborne illness,” said Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s medical officer of health.

Symptoms of illness range from an upset stomach to more serious symptoms, including diarrhea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps and dehydration.


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  • Diane George

    They should have just used two Krispy Kreme donuts.

  • busaong

    That’s what you call a disaster for a promotional product.Looks good as a product but….what happened?

  • J T

    That’s why I don’t trust “fair food” or roadside food stands… do you ever see a handwash station anywhere nearby? Do you think they are properly rinsing, then washing, then rinsing again, then finally sanitizing their food contact surfaces and utensils?

  • WW

    Incredible news! Cronut Burger makes someone sick! Who would have thought? Maybe they should add me to the list of people sickened by this food. Just looking at the picture makes me want to vomit.

  • Jason

    A cheeseburger with cinnamon and sugar? Nothing about this combination sounds like something I’d want to eat to begin with.