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Cronut Burger Vendor Shut Down in Food Poisoning Incident in Canada

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Twelve people were treated and five were hospitalized for gastrointestinal distress while attending the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto last night, and some are blaming the cronut burger. Newstalk 1010 spoke with hospital staff who suspect the the cronut burger might be involved. According to their report: "The one thing that they all seem to have in common, was that they had eaten the cronut burger."

The cronut burger has been making headlines for combining a burger patty with maple bacon jam and processed cheese on a cronut bun. It's a collaboration from Toronto's Le Dolci and Epic Burgers and Waffles, and is not affiliated with Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel.

Following the incident, the National Post reports that Epic Burgers is not open at the CNE today. Toronto Sun reporter Don Peat says that Toronto Public Health is stepping in, tweeting: "Toronto Public Health tells me CNE ordered Epic Burgers & Waffles - maker of the cronut burger - not to open until health inspection is done."

According to the Star, medics have not confirmed the source of the illness. Still, two sick attendees including writer Anupa Mistry feel the Cronut Burger is to blame for their illness. Mistry tweets: "Take back what I said about the cronut burger. Don't do it. I puked 7 times last night." She says the only other thing she had that night was a Coke.

The CNE has released a statement on their website that says an "expert team is onsite at the CNE investigating the situation." Don Peat reports over Twitter that Toronto Public Health is currently investigating and expects to have more details about the incident this afternoon. Developing.

· Cronut Burger Vendor 'Shut Down' at Toronto's Ex [National Post]
· UPDATE: A dozen people become ill after eating at the CNE [Newstalk 1010]
· All Cronuts Coverage on Eater [-E-]

Canadian National Exhibition

210 Princes' Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3, Canada