Salmonella outbreak shuts down Stoney Creek Mexican restaurant

Ole Gourmet on Regional Road 8 has been closed while health officials investigate a salmonella outbreak that left several people sick.

Anyone who ate at Ole Gourmet from May 4 onward and has symptoms is advised to visit a primary care provider

Ole Gourmet in Stoney Creek has been shut down while health officials investigate a salmonella outbreak. (Ole Gourmet/Facebook)

A Stoney Creek restaurant that boasts on social media that it's home to "Hamilton's best tacos" has been closed while health officials investigate a salmonella outbreak that left several people sick.

Ole Gourmet on Regional Road 8 was first closed on May 17 after four people came down with salmonella from food prepared there.

The restaurant was opened again the next day after a re-inspection that showed it was compliant with Ontario's Food Premises regulation, according to a media release from city officials.

Some people can get very seriously ill.- Dr. Ninh Tran, Hamilton Public Health Services

But on May 22 another person became sick with Salmonella and testing of 10 food samples revealed three that were positive for contamination.

The restaurant was closed again on May 25.

"While most people recover from salmonella without further complications, some people can get very seriously ill," said Dr. Ninh Tran, the city's associate medical officer of health. "Protecting the health and well-being of our community by ensuring restaurants are healthy and safe environments for patrons is an important public health goal."

Salmonella symptoms range from fever and chills to stomach cramps, diarrhea and sometimes vomiting.

The infection is caused by bacteria found in food, especially meat, poultry and eggs that haven't been cooked to a proper temperature.

Drink plenty of fluids

Anyone with symptoms or who ate at the restaurant from May 4 onward is advised to visit a clinic, nurse practitioner or doctor.

If you have symptoms of salmonella, drink plenty of fluids and avoid preparing food for other people.

Anyone with questions can call  Public Health Services at 905-546-2063.