ARTICLE - Salmonella Outbreak at Toyo Tire Was the 4th Largest Food Poisoning Outbreak of 2017.

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Date: December 2017

The Salmonella outbreak at a Toyo Tire holiday banquet in November 2017 was the fourth largest food poisoning outbreak of 2017. At least 70 people were sickened in that outbreak, according to Logan Boss, Public Information Officer of the Department of Public Health Northwest Health District in Georgia.

The outbreak has been tentatively linked to turkeys that were provided to a company banquet by a caterer. The banquet was held on November 14 and 15, 2017. The investigation is still ongoing. That caterer was Angelos’ New York Style Pizza and Bistro. That facility closed its doors for training employees and cleaning last month and has re-opened.

While the restaurant was closed, at least 25 of the staff were retrained on proper food handling and food service procedures with material and videos that were developed by the FDA. All opened food containers were thrown away, and all food products were replaced before the facility opened. The restaurant was on a 30 day follow up with the health department after it reopened.

Five people were hospitalized in this outbreak because their symptoms were so serious. People are usually hospitalized for a Salmonella infection because of sepsis, which is a blood infection, or because they become dehydrated.

The symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning include abdominal cramps that are painful and severe, a fever, nausea, diarrhea that may be bloody, and vomiting. Most people do recover on their own after this type of infection, and most people don’t go to see a doctor when they contract this illness.

If you attended the Toyo Tire banquet in November and have experienced the symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning, see your doctor even if you have recovered. This illness can have long term complications, such as irritable bowel syndrome, high blood pressure, and reactive arthritis, and should be noted on your medical chart just in case.

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