Salmonella poisoning has been confirmed in at least 14 Kingston, Ontario residents and the outbreak has been linked to contaminated bean sprouts. Another 10 or 12 patients are suspected of being part of the same cluster of symptoms.

At first the salmonella outbreak was linked to a local restaurant, but a wider investigation indicated that it was related to wider distribution in stores.

Across Ontario, the number of people infected stands at more than 290.

Last week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency warned the public not to consume mung bean sprout products distributed by Toronto Sun Wah Trading Inc. also known as Hollend Enterprises Inc.

The manufacturer has since voluntarily recalled the affected product from the marketplace.