Food poisoning sickens 80 at Neb. choir event

Nebraska health officials say more than 80 people fell ill from food poisoning after a choir competition Feb. 21 at Papillion-La Vista High School.

Food served at the competition came from a range of sources, including vendors and parents who had donated baked goods for a fundraiser. ??????

State epidemiologist Tom Safranek says the illnesses have been traced to improperly handled meat, which was cooked at a family’s home. ??????

The illnesses are not linked to a recent outbreak of salmonella that’s sickened at least 14 people in eastern Nebraska. State health officials are still investigating the source of those illnesses. ???