Several Calgary businesses that had been previously closed down by Alberta Health Services (AHS) have been re-opened.

According to an update on Friday by AHS, Alberta Health Services Environmental Public Health (EPH) has rescinded closure orders issued to seven of eight food service facilities for receiving uninspected meat. Seven have been verbally informed by EPH that the closure orders concerning their businesses have been rescinded. 

"These food businesses, which included commercial and restaurant services, were issued closure orders between April 19 and April 22. Four of these facilities were reopened on May 1. Three more were reopened today and EPH expects the remaining facility to be able to reopen over the next few days," the update stated.

Status of closure orders:

  • Alta Halal Meat – rescinded.
  • Bismillah Meat and Grocery – rescinded.
  • Madina Halal Meat and Grocery – rescinded.
  • Maher Fresh Halal Meat – The closure order remains in place.
  • Mediterranean Halal Meats and Deli – rescinded.
  • Mustafa Madina Halal Meat and Grocery – rescinded.
  • Shawdesi Bazaar – rescinded.
  • Shawdesi Foods & Catering – rescinded.

AHS added that as directed by EPH, all uninspected meat has been destroyed and the facilities have been cleaned under the scrutiny of an AHS Public Health Inspector.

"The operators were also required to sign an agreement that going forward they would only acquire and provide food from an approved source. These were all required actions before the closure orders could be rescinded."

At this time, AHS is not aware of any illness connected with uninspected meat acquired by these eight establishments.

Anyone who purchased meat or products containing meat from the Calgary-based businesses before April 23, is instructed to dispose of these products immediately and watch for symptoms of gastrointestinal bacterial infection. This includes leftovers brought home from any meals eaten at any of these businesses.

Despite the establishments re-opening, AHS added that there is an ongoing investigation and no further details will be released.

"AHS is collaborating with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Alberta Health, and Alberta Agriculture and Irrigation (AAI)." 

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