The toll from an outbreak of food poisoning linked to the cronut burger at the Toronto Canadian Nation Exhibition (CNE) now stands at nearly 100 sick.
Initial reports put the number of sick at around a dozen, but Toronto Public Health said Thursday that it has received nearly 100 reports of gastrointestinal symptons from people who ate at the CNE between Aug. 16 and Aug, 20.
UPDATE: Epic Burger And Waffles, one-part creator of the cronut burger, released an official statement on their Facebook page on Thursday:
While media reports have focused on the cronut burger served at the Epic Burgers and Waffles stand, Toronto Public Health has still not named the vendor.
"Based on information to date, Toronto Public Health has concentrated our investigation around one food premise located at the CNE, however, all possible sources of illness are being investigated," said Dr. Lisa Berger, associate medical officer of health, in a statement.
The CNE has voluntarily shut down Epic, according to the Toronto Star.
The purported connection between the food poisoning and the heavily publicized cronut burger, the crown jewel of the fair's 2013 'food' offerings, has triggered a firestorm of reaction on social media. Many have left angry comments on Epic's Facebook page and the CNE cronut even has its own Twitter parody account.
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The media has also jumped on what many are calling "CronutGate."
Some have used more tasteful treatments than others. On Thursday, the commuter paper 24 featured a photo of a CNE visitor taken sick sitting next to an open toilet bowl.
While the cronut brand has taken quite a beating this week, the originator of the pastry, Dominique Ansel, is still trying to protect it. The baker has been sending legal notices to those who have been using the name, according to The Globe and Mail.
In light of recent events, Ansel may want to look at rebranding his creation.
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<strong>CREATORS: </strong> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/EPIC-Burgers-and-Waffles/227090690663708" target="_blank">Epic Burgers And Waffles</a> and <a href="http://www.ledolci.com/" target="_blank">Le Dolci</a> <strong>WHAT'S IN IT?</strong> A maple bacon cronut rolled in cinnamon sugar stuffed with a beef patty, cheese and topped with a homemade maple bacon jam.
Chocolate Hazelnut Gelato Bun
<strong>CREATORS: </strong> Sweet Escapes <strong>WHAT'S IN IT?</strong> Chocolate hazelnut gelato inside a brioche bun.
Spice Cream Cone
<strong>CREATORS: </strong> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/JustConeIt" target="_blank">Just Cone It! </a> <strong>WHAT'S IN IT?</strong> A sweet, salty and spicy mixture of chili peppers, Nutella, bacon and vanilla ice cream inside a pizza crust cone.
Bacon And Peanut Butter Milkshake
<strong>CREATORS: </strong> Bacon Nation Canada <strong>WHAT'S IN IT?</strong> Bacon, peanut butter and ice cream all whipped up in a shake.
Nutella Sweet Potato Fries
<strong>CREATORS: </strong> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spread-Nutellerie-Toronto/564674083574085" target="_blank">Spread Nutellerie Toronto </a> <strong>WHAT'S IN IT?</strong> Sweet potato fries topped with icing sugar, sea salt and Nutella.
<strong>CREATORS: </strong> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/WildChildsKitchen" target="_blank">Wild Child's Kitchen </a> <strong>WHAT'S IN IT?</strong> Corn nachos, guacamole, salsa, vegan "beef", peppers and vegan sour cream.
<strong>CREATORS: </strong> Corrado's <strong>WHAT'S IN IT?</strong> Vegetarian and meat-stuffed rice balls topped with marinara sauce.
Spinach And Feta Pies
<strong>CREATORS: </strong> Thyme and Olives <strong>WHAT'S IN IT?</strong> Spinach and feta stuffed pies
Smoked Beef Lasagna
<strong>CREATORS: </strong> <a href="http://www.gatorbbq.ca/" target="_blank">Gator BBQ </a> <strong>WHAT'S IN IT?</strong> Smoked beef brisket lasagna
<strong>CREATORS: </strong> Chilly Ribbons <strong>WHAT'S IN IT?</strong> Wafer-thin ribbons of shaved snow offered in over 40 flavours.
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Baked And Loaded
From <a href="http://baconnation.net/" target="_hplink">Bacon Nation</a>: A sweet potato filled with marshmallows and pecans, topped with (what else?) bacon bits.
Sugar Cookie French Fries And Buttercream Icing
From <a href="https://twitter.com/SugarStarsTV" target="_hplink">Sugar Stars</a> (at The Food Network Canada stage): 'Fries' made from sugar cookies, cut into rectangular shapes, topped by buttercream icing dyed to look like ketchup.
Spicy Pork Bao Taco
From <a href="https://www.facebook.com/FarEastTG" target="_hplink">Far East Taco</a>: Just as delicious as it sounds, with a healthy dosage of kimchi for spectacular flavour.
From <a href="https://www.facebook.com/FarEastTG" target="_hplink">Far East Taco</a>: Marinated barbecued beef on a taco shell, served with kimchi (of course) and lime
From Pull'd: Triple layered red velvet pancakes loaded with slow-roasted and smoked pulled pork with a signature barbecue sauce and topped with a Jack Daniels-infused maple syrup. The booth is also offering 'Stack'd,' pulled pork between a German pretzel bun, topped with two seared three-cheese perogies and their signature coleslaw.
From Pull'd: Back by popular demand, the Epic Burger showcases a six-ounce beef patty, lettuce, tomato and cheese, sandwiched between two Krispy Kreme doughnuts. You can also, if you so choose, add in a fried egg and bacon.
Cones Of All Sorts
From Just Cone It: A variety of foods in cones, including pepperoni pizza, shepherd's pie, "Olympus" (a salad of tomatoes, onions, feta, cucumber and oregano), and for dessert, "dirty bacon": Nutella and bacon.
So Many Kroketten
From <a href="http://dutchfrites.ca/" target="_hplink">Dutch Frites</a>: These deep-fried delicious treats come in a variety of flavours, including (from left) Bitter Ballin' with beef ragout, some chicken croquettes with chicken ragout, Frickin' Dough, a sausage deep-fried, butterflied and served with curry ketchup, mayo and raw onions -- and of course, the round, puck-like banh mi with Thai noodles and nasi with fried rice.
Big Apple Fritters
From Big Apple Fritter: Apples peeled, cored, slice and deep-fried in a special batter, then topped with cinnamon and icing sugar. There's also an option to add ice cream and/or maple syrups, while slice apples with caramel is available as a healthier choice.
Variety Of Savoury Pies
From Thyme & Olives: Meat pie, spinach pie, cheese pie and a speciality (not pictured) of sesame pie with halloumi cheese
From Vie: A taco shell made from corn and red pepper, 'refried beans' made from walnut paste, lettuce and pico de gallo
Deep-Fried Mars Bar
From <a href="http://baconnation.net/" target="_hplink">Bacon Nation</a>: Exactly what the description -- just wrapped in bacon.
From <a href="http://baconnation.net/" target="_hplink">Bacon Nation</a>: Two pieces of back bacon, eight strips of bacon, lettuce, tomato and Nutella spread
From Vie: A 'cupcake' made from a coconut base, cashew cream and pomegranate seeds.
Jack Daniel's Explosion
From <a href="http://baconnation.net/" target="_hplink">Bacon Nation</a>: Bacon sausage stuffed with real bacon bits, infused with Jack Daniel's BBQ sauce, all wrapped in a bacon weave.
Bacon Sundae Funnel Cake
From <a href="http://baconnation.net/" target="_hplink">Bacon Nation</a>: Ice cream sundae topped with bacon strips, real bacon bits, chocolate and caramel sauce.
Red Velvet Funnel Cake
From <a href="http://baconnation.net/" target="_hplink">Bacon Nation</a>: Red velvet funnel cake with cream cheese icing.
Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog
From <a href="http://baconnation.net/" target="_hplink">Bacon Nation</a>: The deep-fried beer-battered bacon-wrapped hot dog on a stick.
From <a href="http://www.northwestfudgefactory.com/" target="_hplink">Northwest Fudge Factory</a>: Caramelized bacon put on top of fudge and drizzled in chocolate. Also available at the booth: Deep-fried fudge, which is fudge dipped in doughnut batter.
Biggie EX Pop
From <a href="http://sweetnessbakery.ca/" target="_hplink">Sweetness Bakery</a>: A kabob-style dessert composed of chunks chocolate-covered cupcakes sandwiched between pieces of strawberry. The booth will also have squares, cookies and 24 varieties of cupcakes, including Brownie Explosion and Cotton Candy.
Krispy Marshmallow Treats
From Sweet Treats: Doughnut batter filled with Rice Krispies and marshmallow, drizzled in either raspberry, vanilla, caramel or chocolate. Sweet Treats is also home to the famed deep-fried butter, and the "breakfast of champions": deep-fried butter and chocolate-covered bacon.