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Restaurant Makes Statement on Salmonella Outbreak

Almost three weeks after health officials say their undercooked turkey was the cause of a salmonella outbreak in Kershaw County, owners of the Old South restaurant are making a statement.

Authorities say the outbreak sickened 304 people and killed one.

DHEC officials say laboratory analyses of turkey samples has identified salmonella enteritidis as the probable cause of the foodborne outbreak in Camden. To date, there have been 304 confirmed and suspected cases, with 56 hospital admissions for people reportedly exposed between May 19 and May 22.

DHEC’s investigation of the outbreak in Camden associated with the Old South restaurant identified several factors that may have contributed to the large number of cases. In addition, an inspection of the facility did identify some equipment that was not functioning properly, which may have led to undercooking of products.