It was the eggs (probably), with the Salmonella, in the remoulade

Proper Restaurant in Boone, NC has been linked to 37 cases of salmonellosis and according to owner Angela Kelly, who writes it in the High Country Press, a raw egg-containing condiment may be the culprit.

In an effort to help everyone better understand the May salmonella outbreak I would like to make the following statement:

A representative from the health department met with me and my staff last week and informed us that of the 37 reported cases, 14 were confirmed. They also stated that, after extensive tests, they are fairly certain the source was a contaminated egg used in a remoulade for catfish and crab cakes.DSC_0612

While we do buy eggs raised locally we also buy them from grocery stores. There is no way of knowing where this particular egg was purchased. The CDC states that 1 in 10,000 eggs will have salmonella regardless of origin or protective measures a farm or facility may implement.

Since our primary consideration remains the safety and well-being of our guests, we have stopped using farm fresh eggs in any raw applications, (aioli, remoulade, mayo) and will strictly use pasteurized eggs. 

Sauces and condiments containing raw eggs aren’t always obvious to a customer so the U.S. FDA Model Food Code states: Pasteurized eggs or egg products shall be substituted for raw eggs in the preparation of foods such as Caesar salad, hollandaise or Béarnaise sauce, mayonnaise, meringue, eggnog, ice cream, and egg-fortified beverages.

And remoulade.

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About Ben Chapman

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.