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Cross-Contamination and Ill Employees Cause of Salmonella Outbreak

Cumberland County and North Carolina state public health investigators have determined that the All American Grill within the Holiday Inn Bordeaux was the source of a Salmonella outbreak in May that resulted in 100 identified cases of illness.

According to the report by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, public health officials could not implicate a specific food item, citing the likelihood of cross-contamination of food products and restaurant surfaces.  In addition, some food service employees continued to work while ill and may have contributed to the contamination in the restaurant, the report said. The North Carolina Food Code Manual states that food employees with diarrheal illness should be excluded from work until they are asymptomatic for at least 24 hours.

Cumberland County Public Health Director Buck Wilson received the final report from state officials. The report is available here.