The Salmonella outbreak at Toyo Tire last month has been tentatively linked to turkeys provided by the caterer, Logan Boss, Public Information Officer of the Department of Public Health Northwest Health District told Food Poisoning Bulletin. He said that the investigation was still ongoing.
That outbreak, associated with the company event held November 14 and 15, 2017, has sickened more than 70 and hospitalized five people. The caterer, Angelos’ New York Style Pizza & Bistro, provided the food to the event. Angelo’s closed its doors for cleaning and training last month, and has since re-opened.
Inspectors from the Bartow County Environmental Health department inspected the facility and it was re-opened November 27. Another follow-up inspection on November 28 yielded an A for the restaurant. Previous inspections on September 26, 2017 and March 16, 2017 yielded inspection grades of 88 and 87, respectively.
Remarks on the November 28 inspection read, “It is noted that the facility voluntarily closed on Monday, November 20th. A preliminary inspection of the facility was made on Friday, November 24. Angelo’s reopened to the public on Monday, November 27th. During the time it was closed, at least 25 of the staff were trained or retrained on proper food handling and food service procedures with material and videos developed by the FDA. The facility was also cleaned and all food work areas and storage areas were cleaned and sanitized. In addition, all opened food products were discarded. All needed food products were replaced before the facility opened on Monday, November 27th. This facility will be on a 30 day follow up for the next three to four months to ensure the continuation of proper food handling procedures.”
Boss told other news outlets that they analyzed hundreds of surveys filled out by Toyo Tire employees about what they ate. They also investigated the Angelo’s facility and tested stool samples from those who were sickened.
The symptoms of a Salmonella infection include a fever, nausea, abdominal cramps, diarrhea that may be bloody, and vomiting. While most people recover without medical treatment, some do become so ill, either through dehydration or sepsis, that they must be hospitalized.
If you were at that event in November and have experienced the symptoms of salmonellosis, consider seeing your doctor. This illness can have long term complications, including reactive arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome, so your doctor should know about it.
The experienced and noted law firm of Pritzker Hageman helps people sickened by contaminated food protect their legal rights and get compensation and justice. Our lawyers represent patients sickened with bacterial infections in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against corporations, caterers, retailers, food producers, food processors, restaurants, schools, and others. Attorney Fred Pritzker and his team of lawyers recently won $7.5 million for young client whose kidneys failed after he developed HUS as the result of an E. coli infection. You should know that class action lawsuits may not be appropriate for outbreak victims because the cases are usually very unique.