Volume 90, Issue 85

Thursday, March 06, 1997




The cause of an illness which afflicted 70 Saugeen students in 1977 would remain a mystery.

Many of the students who were ill attributed the condition to a chicken pot pie dinner, The Gazette reported. Unfortunately, the food was totally consumed and public health inspectors were unable to test the food.

"We'll never be able to be sure what caused the illness," said Tim Sly of the London Public Health Unit. "There's still a hell of a lot to learn about the subject."

As a result, Saugeen adopted a "specimen meal program" where a small amount of every item is saved for 48-72 hours. The program was supposed to prevent the recurrence of the problems surrounding the mystery illness.

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