With the reports of Chipotle being investigated for one of its food poisoning incidents in California in 2015, reports of other outbreaks associated with restaurants appear to be hitting the news with more frequency.
According to a series of news reports, health officials are looking into a Salmonella outbreak that has been associated with a restaurant in Alabama. The reports show that so far, four people have fallen ill after eating at Johnny Ray’s restaurant in Pelham. Two of the consumers who fell ill have matching patterns of a rare Salmonella Enteritidis. The outbreaks prompted health officials to close the restaurant on January 8th.
Currently, the Alabama Department of Public Health is investigating the foodborne outbreak associated with the Pelham restaurant. According to the health officials, while only four individuals who visited the restaurant have tested positive for Salmonella so far, other potential cases are being investigated.
Consumers who may have visited the restaurant should be on the lookout for some of the symptoms often associated with the disease. If you experience diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, fever, and abdominal cramping and you suspect you were the victim of a food poisoning incident, seek the attention of a physician immediately and get tested to learn if you have a Salmonella-related infection.
Consumers should keep in mind that Salmonella may also spread in their own homes.
When preparing food or cooking, make sure you follow important safe food handling practices so food poisoning incidents are avoided.
Avoid Salmonella by avoiding the consumption of raw or undercooked eggs, poultry, or other types of meat. Also, make sure you wash produce thoroughly. Keep your hands clean by washing them with warm water and soap. Use clean utensils and plates, and make sure you wash utensils you’re using to prepare your food when going from one product to the next. Infections often occur because food items that were contaminated were handled and prepared with the same utensils used in other types of food items.
Cross-contamination is a serious risk and consumers should not ignore it.
For more information on the Alabama outbreak, follow this link. For more information on how to avoid cross-contamination of food items in your own home, watch the video below.