Fancy food ain’t safe food – DC’s Fig & Olive edition with 70 sick

The number of Salmonella cases linked to the Fig & Olive, the New York-based chain that opened a restaurant in City Center DC this year, has climbed to 70.

Fig & OliveMarcus A. Williams, a spokesman for the health department, said six patients have been confirmed to have Salmonella infection. Five live in the District and one in Alexandria.

All 70 “reported eating or drinking at the Fig and Olive establishment,” Williams confirmed via e-mail.

Health officials had collected 10 food and environmental samples from Fig & Olive last week, but they all came back negative, Williams noted. One is being re-tested.

“Additional environment and food testing is underway,” the spokesman e-mailed.

Fig & Olive remained closed Monday and has not set a date to reopen. The chain issued a statement via its local representative:

“We are continuing to make progress on testing and re-testing our products and procedures and sanitizing our facility from top to bottom. We are working with both the Department of Health and with the third-party food safety company we retained. It is premature to discuss any findings at this time but we are working hard to re-open soon.”