An employee of the Ottawa catering company involved in the city's salmonella outbreak has been fired after not following proper food handling procedures.

Jonathan Morris, who owns the Lunch Lady Group, confirmed the news in a letter to parents Tuesday.

"The Lunch Lady Group guidelines on handling raw meat and poultry were not properly followed by one individual," the statement read. "This person had the responsibility for ensuring that safe food handling guidelines were followed to the letter. This person is no longer working in my kitchens."

Morris said the salmonella outbreak can be tracked to ground beef used in preparing the catered meals.

The Lunch Lady plans to reopen its kitchens this week.

Fifty people contracted salmonella during the outbreak.