January 22, 2020

Outbreak at Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, MD

An outbreak at the Food Safety Summit held in Baltimore Maryland at the Convention Center earlier in April has sickened an unknown number of people. At least four people told the Baltimore City Health Department that they were sickened after attending the event. Symptoms of upset stomach and diarrhea began about 12 hours after eating a meal on April 9, 2014.

Woman's Torso Food PoisoningAttendees were sent a questionnaire if they were at the event April 8 to April 10, 2014. More than 1,500 food safety professionals were there.

Officials have inspected the convention center, along with the food service provider, Centerplate. That facility had no violations during a recent inspection, although they were cited for condensation dripping from an ice machine.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene had asked attendees to complete an online ¬†questionnaire to help aid in the investigation, but it is closed. You can contact the Division of Outbreak Investigation at 410-767-6700 if you were there, even if you didn’t get sick. Public health officials want to hear from everyone, since talking to those who were not ill can help narrow the focus of an investigation.



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