On Saturdays I take Sam grocery shopping. Although we shop throughout the week too, weekends are our time get our most of our food supplies. We usually hit two or three stores, grabbing food samples as we go.
I trust that the folks responsible for cutting the cheese aren’t showing up to work ill and are practicing good hygiene.
According to NBC Chicago at least nine patrons of a Tinley Park Jewel-Osco grocery store have Salmonella – and the common factor is eating food from the deli.
Based on questionnaires sent to the victims, the Cook County Health Department focused its investigation on the deli at the Jewel store at 171st Street and Harlem Avenue.
The deli was shut down on Wednesday, the food and the staff replaced, and reopened (staff replaced? Does that mean they were fired? -ben).
Officials say it’s rare to pinpoint a specific food as the source of salmonella, and it’s more likely to be passed along by a food handler passed it along.
Workers at the Jewel must submit stool samples to help health officials determine if an employee started the outbreak.
A Jewel spokeswoman issued a statement saying the well-being of its customers is their “highest priority,” and that the deli was temporarily closed out of an “abundance of caution.”
“We worked closely with the health department to ensure that our team removed and replaced all necessary product, and cleaned and sanitized all work surfaces, utensils and storage cases. The Service Deli was back open for business the same day by 4 p.m.”