Sunday, June 15, 2008

U.S. restaurant chain linked to 9 cases of tomato-borne salmonella

Sick tomato

Isn't this information you would want if you lived in Chicago? Just asking.
Two outlets of a restaurant chain might be linked with the sickening of nine people by a salmonella outbreak, a newspaper report said on Saturday.

The sick ate fresh tomatoes tained [sic] by salmonella at two restaurants from the same chain, said the Los Angeles Times, quoting federal officials at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

But the FDA declined to name the chain or the restaurant locations, citing confidentiality. A spokesman for the agency also declined to provide the time frame for the cases or say whether the restaurants were in the same state.

The Chicago Department of Public Health identified nine people who ate at a restaurant in May and came down with salmonella, said Tim Hadac, a spokesman for the department.

None of the nine Chicago victims were hospitalized. Hadac said the department was withholding the name of the restaurant, which he said had several related restaurants in the city but was not part of a national chain.

Please remind me again. Just who are the fucking people the FDA works for? Its only restaurant owners you say? Oh I see. My mistake.

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