64 sick with Salmonella; Texas Country Club makes changes to fix food safety issues

Refrigeration of fresh produce is not something to trifle with in Texas — in summer.

But that’s exactly what the fancy-pants Abilene Country Club did and now it has been linked to 35 of the 64 confirmed cases of salmonella in the area in the past month.

KTXS reports the club scored a ridiculously low 63 out of 100 on their July health inspection.

The club addressed the possible 35 cases in a letter to its members on August 21. Mike Bannister, president of the club’s board of directors provided KTXS with a copy of the letter.

The letter, signed by General Manager Edward Grothaus III acknowledges the club has been "identified as a potential source of the salmonella type D cases recently reported in our community."

The July health inspection found the club was storing fruit at temperatures that were too warm. In the letter, Grothaus said the club has purchased a new, refrigerated salad bar along with other refrigerated units to correct temperatures.