Public Health Muskegon County is nearing the conclusion of the investigation of an outbreak of Salmonella that has sickened at least 29 people (25 Muskegon County, 4 Ottawa County). Laboratory testing revealed that most cases were caused by Salmonella Enteritidis, a common type of Salmonella associated most often with eggs and poultry. Those sickened had in common a history of consuming meals containing chicken and/or lettuce at Pints and Quarts Pub and Grill or C.F. Prime Chophouse & Wine Bar, which share the same kitchen, in Roosevelt Park between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2, 2013.
“We conducted over 100 interviews with food service workers, restaurant patrons, and others,” explained Ken Kraus, Director of Public Health Muskegon County. “We spoke with those who were ill as well as those who did not get sick to gather as much information as possible about what may have happened during this 4-day period.”
In addition to conducting interviews and gathering food consumption histories, all food-borne illness outbreaks include reviewing food handling processes, exploring the possibility of food cross contamination as well as checking food supply sources.