October 28, 2016

Salmonella Outbreak at Fig & Olive Restaurants Remains a Mystery

The Salmonella Enteritidis outbreaks at Fig & Olive restaurants in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, California remain a mystery. At least 174 people have been sickened after eating at those restaurants, and more cases are being investigated. We don't know what caused the outbreak, if the outbreaks at both restaurants are caused by the same serotype or genetic strain of Salmonella, or if other restaurants that are part of the Fig & Olive chain are involved. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has taken over the investigation, even though they have not released a report on the outbreak. The Washington D.C. Department of Health has taken environmental and food samples from the Fig & Olive restaurant in that city, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public … [Read more...]

DC Fig & Olive Reopens After Salmonella Outbreak Minus Two Menu Items

The Fig & Olive restaurant in Washington DC's City Center reopened yesterday after a six-day closure triggered by a Salmonella outbreak. But two items associated with the outbreak have been removed from the menu: truffle fries and mushroom croquettes. Health officials say they are confident that the restaurant no longer poses a health risk. The restaurant has been sanitized, employees debriefed, food discarded and problematic menu items have been retired. But for many customers, those changes came too late. The DC Department of Health (DOH) says ten cases of Salmonella infection have been confirmed and another 150 cases from five states are being investigated. Those states have not been named. Health officials say anyone who ate at the restaurant and developed symptoms of a … [Read more...]

Fig & Olive and Chipotle Salmonella Outbreaks Not Uncommon

The Salmonella outbreaks at the Fig & Olive restaurant in Washington, D.C. and Chipotle restaurants in Minnesota are not uncommon. Just in the last year, there have been six other Salmonella outbreaks linked to restaurants in the United States. Contaminated cucumbers sold in salads at Red Lobster restaurants in Minnesota sickened many people with Salmonella infections this summer. A Salmonella outbreak linked to the deli at the Boise Co-op in Idaho this summer sickened almost 300 people.  A Salmonella outbreak at Seattle's Tallulah restaurant sickened at least 16 people in July, linked to a sauce made from raw eggs. An outbreak at the Tarheel Q restaurant in North Carolina in June and July sickened almost 200 people. A Salmonella outbreak at the X10 restaurant in Dalhart, Texas last … [Read more...]

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