June 23, 2018

With 250 Ill, Boise Co-Op Salmonella Outbreak is one of Idaho’s Largest

tomatoes-in-field-arsAfter a two-and-a-half hour inspection on Friday, the Central District Health Department cleared the deli at Boise Co-Op deli to reopen. The deli was temporarily closed after it was linked to a Salmonella outbreak that has become one of the largest in Idaho history.

About 250 people were sickened by food that was served in the deli between June 1 and June 10. Food sources were identified as turkey, tomato and onions. It’s not clear how the food became contaminated, but cross-contamination may have played a role.

Health officials worked with deli management on a redesign of workflow to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Some of those changes included adding a sink, increasing food safety training for employees and using color-coded cutting boards to prevent cross-contamination.

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection usually develop within six to 72 hours of exposure and include diarrhea, nausea, and headache. Some infections can be severe and require hospitalizations.  After initial symptoms resolve, long-term complications can arise including reactive arthritis, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

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