The CNE and Its Food

August 29, 2013 at 1:51 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

I haven’t been to the Canadian National Exhibition since the mid-nineties when I was working shows for CPI. I know it’s a Canadian tradition, but I didn’t grow up in Canada, much less Toronto. I usually take the kids to Wonderland, but the CNE never seems to register.

Besides the rides though, the main reason people seem to go to the Ex is to eat. A few weeks back I wrote about the Pig Combo,  and wondered about how people could consume such a thing. Well, it turns out it wasn’t the Pig combo, but something called the Cronut burger which made people sick.

The cronut burger is a “deep-fried sugary doughnut filled with meat and cheese and topped with maple bacon jam.” 

Turns out, the cronut burger contained, at no extra charge, a bacterial toxin which poisoned over 200 people and led to the item being withdrawn. Yesterday two other food stands, unrelated to the cronut’s owners, were closed on health grounds.

But given the amount of fat and calories in these things, it seems that even without the bacteria, these things ain’t making you live longer.

So, if it’s not war, pollution or cancer, our food seems our likely killer. Huh.

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