Salmonella outbreak at Rochester, Minn Quizno’s potentially linked to tomatoes

This week’s iFSN infosheet focuses on more information on last month’s Salmonella outbreak at a Quizno’s that was reported by the Rochester Post-Bulletin this week. 
Health officials believe that produce, and maybe specifically tomatoes are to blame for the 22 illnesses.  They also suggested that the produce was likely contaminated before arriving at the fast-food outlet as staff and patrons (who likely ate the same ingredients) became ill around the same time. This outbreak highlights the need to ask questions about food safety to suppliers, especially around how they handle produce and select the growers they purchase from.

Tomatoes have been linked to Salmonella outbreaks before, click here for a list of past tomato-related outbreaks. 

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Dr. Ben Chapman is a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.