University of Guelph: ‘We take pride in our food services and food safety’ and our ability to infect people with E. coli

At least four people have been stricken with E. coli at the University of Guelph – two food handlers, one university faculty, and one conference attendee.

So says the health unit, in a local newspaper report. The university didn’t actually say anything, other than to issue a Kremlinesque request to talk to people who’ve been barfing.

“In the interests of the health of our community, the University is posting this bulletin. Representatives of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health are investigating a possible E. coli outbreak.

“Symptoms of E. coli include diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and/or vomiting. If you or a family member recently had, or currently has any of those symptoms, please call Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health at 1-877-844-8653. For more information about E. coli go to”

A university spokesthingy did tell the paper, "We take pride in our food services and food safety."

Risk communication 101: Better to come clean up front than let the details slowly – or explosively – shit out.

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