Hours after announcing that suspect sprouts will stay on the Jimmy John’s sandwich menu because “sprouts rock,” the owner told franchises in Illinois to pull alfalfa sprouts from menus after a salmonella outbreak sickened dozens.
Did the Sponge Bob leafy greens cone of silence descend on Illinois health types as they concluded in a 69-page report published today that lettuce, tomatoes and olives were the possible culprits in a Subway salmonella outbreak that sickened almost 200 earlier this year?
Pantagraph.com reported today that officials with the Illinois Department of Public Health traced a salmonella outbreak at Subway restaurants to one Central Illinois food distributor, but in a final report on the incident issued Thursday, could not identify the exact source of the problem, which led to 109 confirmed cases and another 90-plus probable or suspect cases of the illness between late April and June.
In the 69-page report, investigators said the “most likely source” of the lettuce, tomatoes and olives linked to the illnesses was Lincoln-based Sysco Central Illinois Inc., which delivered produce to the affected restaurants.
Samples collected at the company’s distribution facility in June, after many of the victims had already contracted the illness, were tested and found negative for salmonella.
Areas that may have been the source of salmonella may have been washed down and produce that was affected may have been discarded.
The report, which will be forwarded to the federal Centers for Disease Control, shows that 299 Subway restaurants were forced to dispose of their produce during the event.
More than 480 workers at the stores had to be tested. A dozen of them were found to be positive for the strain of salmonella.
Chicago Breaking News reports that at least four people were hospitalized and 53 others reported illnesses after attending wedding parties this month at a banquet hall in south suburban Mokena, Illinois, leading Will County health officials to try to determine the cause.
The Health Department is looking for others who may have gotten sick after attending weddings at Di Nolfo’s Banquet Inn and Catering on July 16 and 17.
Health officials believe the source of the illness is norovirus. Health officials collected and tested food from Di Nolfo’s, 9425 W. 191st Street, but did not find any significant violations. None of Di Nolfo’s employees have reported illnesses, officials said.
Traducido por Gonzalo Erdozain
Resumen del folleto informativo mas reciente:
– El brote resultó en 37 casos confirmados, 50 posibles casos y 8 hospitalizaciones.
– Las reuniones han sido reubicadas por la clausura de la cocina.
– Preparadores de alimentos pueden transmitir Salmonella sin presentar síntomas
– Solo el 3% de los casos de salmonelosis son reportados oficialmente.
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There are now 97 people sick with salmonella in 28 Illinois counties, all related to eating at a bunch of different Subway restaurants.
A bunch of the food handlers at different Subway outlets have tested positive for salmonella, but that’s probably because they’re snacking on the same ingredients the customers get in their sandwiches.
When the outbreak was first identified, Subway pulled its lettuce, green peppers, red onions and tomatoes from restaurants and brought in new supplies. A prudent produce move.
Although federal, state and local health agencies have not named fresh vegetables as the definitive source, Melaney Arnold, an Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman, has said the investigation was leaning toward produce as the culprit. On June 23, Arnold characterized produce only as a possible source.
As of this morning, there were 71 confirmed cases of Salmonella serotype Hvittingfoss affecting people from 2- to 88-years-old.
Melaney Arnold, communications manager for the Illinois Department of Public Health told The Packer 26 people have been hospitalized, and seven were still in the hospital as of today.
Subway restaurants in 22 Illinois counties removed lettuce, green peppers, red onions and tomatoes from restaurants during the period in which people who got sick reported eating at a Subway — May 11 to May 25, according to the department — and replaced them with new product, according to a Subway news release.