SCARBOROUGH, Ont. – According to a report in the Toronto Star, Ruby Chinese Restaurant, a popular eatery in Scarborough, which had recently been hit with a salmomella outbreak, won’t be opening its doors again.
The restaurant’s three owners are reportedly set to file for bankruptcy. It’s been a tension-fraught three weeks for the restaurant, which is located on Sandhurst Circle. On October 7, the restaurant was closed by Toronto’s Public Health when 37 people became ill after eating there.
Salmonella has been confirmed in 22 cases and is suspected in 15 others, including an elderly man who died of dehydration after a severe case of diarrhea. Two days later, the restaurant made the news again when it failed a second inspection. Since those incidents, much of the restaurant’s banquet business has been cancelled.
“There were issues with proper handling and storing of the food to protect it from contamination. There was a cockroach infestation that was ongoing. It’s possible that these could have [led to the salmonella outbreak,]” said Dr. Howard Shapiro of Toronto Public Health. The Star article states that the owners were told by a pest control firm that ending the cockroach problem would require treating the entire single-storey strip at 1571 Sandhurst Circle, near Finch Ave. E. and McCowan Rd.
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