Calgary, what is the problem?

It only took some bright journalist three days from the initial announcement to figure out that the four sick people with Shigella from baby carrots were in Calgary.

Hypothetical risks are a big story in Canada. People actually barfing isn’t.

The Calgary Health Region, continuing its Paleolithic-era communications style of blaming consumers, was cited by CBC News as "warning people to wash their hands thoroughly to prevent spread of the bacteria."

So, these four sick people all opened bags of baby carrots from Costco and managed to sicken themselves with the same bacterium cause they didn’t wash their hands? It’s a ready-to-eat-food. Who comes up with this stuff?

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