Quebec waiter won’t be charged for serving salmon to man with seafood allergy

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Quebec waiter won’t be charged for serving salmon to man with seafood allergy

Police had previously said server could face charges, stirring debate over rights, responsibilities

CBC News Posted: Sep 13, 2016 2:22 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 13, 2016 4:08 PM ET

Simon-Pierre Canuel says he was in a coma for several days and 'almost died' after being served salmon by a waiter who he says was aware of his allergy.

Simon-Pierre Canuel says he was in a coma for several days and ‘almost died’ after being served salmon by a waiter who he says was aware of his allergy. (Submitted by Simon-Pierre Canuel)

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A Sherbrooke, Que., waiter who served salmon tartare to a man with a seafood allergy won’t be charged with criminal negligence.

Police had previously said the server could be charged.

Simon-Pierre Canuel, a 34-year-old Gatineau resident, was treated for anaphylactic shock after eating the food on May 29.

In a document obtained by Radio-Canada, the office of Quebec’s director of criminal and penal prosecutions said it had determined that the waiter did not commit a criminal infraction.

The case generated heated debated about the rights and responsibilities of restaurant staff, and those of people suffering from food allergies.

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With files from Radio-Canada’s Laurent Therrien

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Quebec waiter won’t be charged for serving salmon to man with seafood allergy

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