A West Virginia food-processing company said in a interview wih Michael Hasch of the Tribune-Review Thursday that federal investigators have found no "objectionable conditions" at a plant that would have caused the salmonellosis outbreak that sickened more than 400 people in five states.
A spokesman for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration could not confirm statements made by Coronet Foods Inc., the Wheeling-based company that supplied Roma tomatoes and lettuce to Sheetz convenience stores.
The outbreak of the gastrointestinal illness that began in early July has been linked to the Altoona-based Sheetz convenience-store chain.
Salmonella infected 330 people in Pennsylvania and more than 70 in Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia. Those who became sick said they had eaten sandwiches and salads at Sheetz stores. No new cases have been reported in Pennsylvania in the past two or three weeks according to the state Health Department.
Coronet Foods issued the following statement; "Results of an Establishment Inspection Report (EIR) conducted by the Food and Drug Administration find that the food-processing facility of Coronet Foods Incorporated tested negative for ‘objectionable conditions.’ "