Old South restaurant owners issued a public apology Monday through a local pastor for the largest salmonella outbreak in South Carolina history.

Roughly 200 supporters, including local dignitaries and other Camden restaurant owners, showed up outside the DeKalb Street restaurant to show support for the Hatfield family and Friday’s reopening of Old South.

"The recent events have devastated the family personally," Steven Lee, pastor of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Camden, told those gathered Monday. "They have taken every precaution to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again, and they are now looking to the future."

The salmonella outbreak in May sickened more than 300 people, sent more than 50 to hospitals and has been linked to the death of a Lugoff man. Undercooked turkey was the likely cause of the salmonella outbreak, state health officials announced last week.