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Camden restaurant, source of salmonella outbreak, reopens Friday

Old South Restaurant reopened Friday at 6:30am to a crowd of regulars. The line was practically out the door at one point and every table filled. People piled on chicken, liver, and sweet potato casserole.

DHEC inspector James Arthur was on hand checking food temps, "They are looking good with their inspection today."

Owner Betty Hatfield say they won’t bring the turkey back until the fall. She says it’s not worth the risk. Turkey was cited as the source of the salmonella outbreak. She was happy about the turnout, but says Friday wasn’t a celebration. Her heart goes out to families who were affected. She says she’ll go to her grave wondering what really happened.

DHEC investigators says 300 people were sickened. The death of a 58-year-old Lugoff man also was linked to the salmonella outbreak.