October 1, 2016

Mr. Rick’s Flouted Permit Rule For Years Before Salmonella Outbreak

Mr Rick's Catering, the source of a Salmonella outbreak in Washington state, operated for years without a permit, ignoring health department warnings to stop doing so even after being fined.  Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department named Mr Rick's in a warning it issued about the importance of choosing a caterer with a permit to operate. The event was attended by as many as 175 people, but not all of them are sick. The health department "has notified Mr. Rick’s Catering not to operate several times since 2012, and as a result of the incident in Snohomish County, recently issued a $710 fee for continuing to operate without a permit. In the interest of protecting public health, and because the business owner continues to advertise as a viable business, Tacoma-Pierce County Health … [Read more...]

Mr Rick’s Salmonella Outbreak Sickens Many in Washington

A Salmonella outbreak linked to food produced by Mr. Ricks Catering has sickened many people in Washington state. An investigation by the Washington Department of Health is ongoing. The outbreak could affect as many as 175 people. At least 20 people are sick after the July 2 wedding reception that was catered out of a home kitchen. Three of those people have confirmed Salmonella infections. Illnesses have been reported from King, Kitsap, Pierce, Spokane, and other counties. Information about a specific food source has not been identified, but all of those sickened may have eaten chicken at the event. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody. Anyone who attended  the event in Snohomish County and develops these symptoms should … [Read more...]

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