Salmonella pinpointed to eateries

Health investigators have determined the source of the salmonella outbreak in West Michigan.
Krystle Wagner
Dec 5, 2013

 

Investigators conducted interviews with 27 Muskegon County and five Ottawa County residents who were sickened with salmonella and found the contamination occurred at Pints and Quarts Pub and Grill or C.F. Prime Chophouse & Wine Bar. The two establishments share the same kitchen.

Salmonella is a food-borne illness acquired from contaminated eggs, raw poultry, and unpasteurized milk and cheese products. It’s also found in the feces of some animals.

Based on the victims’ symptoms, investigators determined that they became ill between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2. Those who became ill all consumed meals with chicken and/or lettuce.

A laboratory confirmed that the recent illnesses were caused by salmonella enteritidis. This is most often associated with eggs or poultry.

Ken Kraus, director of Public Health-Muskegon County, said owners and staff at the restaurants have been cooperated in the investigation.

Although investigators have reviewed food-handling processes, gathered food histories and conducted more than 100 interviews with food service workers, restaurant patrons and others, the cause of the contamination remains unfound.

“We’re not getting any information that would tell us how contaminated produce got on those lettuces,” he said.

Kraus said they think contamination likely occurred on the “pantry table” where meals are made and prepared. This is the only place all the contaminated foods came together.

Investigators have identified a few procedures that could be “tightened up,” such as developing easier operating procedures and building in quality monitoring standard operating procedures to ensure consistency among all staff, Kraus said.

Restaurant spokeswoman Mary Ann Sabo said the owners weren’t doing interviews at this time, but provided an e-mail statement from Andy Harris, owner and manager of Pints and Quarts Pub and Grill and C.F. Prime Chophouse.

In the statement, Harris said they’ve fully cooperated with the health department with the ongoing investigation, and staff engages in regular and ongoing training to ensure kitchen staff and servers understand and practice proper food handling procedures.

Harris said the establishments have consistently received high marks for food quality, safety and service.

“Our restaurants are committed to providing the highest quality products and service,” the statement reads. “…We are a family-owned business with deep roots in the Muskegon community and a passion for excellence.”

Symptoms of salmonella include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. The illness lasts between four and seven days, with most people able to recover without medical treatment.

The chance of a salmonella infection can be reduced by thoroughly cooking poultry, ground beef and eggs, not eating or drinking foods containing raw eggs or unpasteurized milk, and washing hands, kitchen surfaces and utensils with soap and water immediately.
 

Comments

Real estate maven

Nice to see someone stand tall and take responsibility and corrective action. Nice job Andy. Continued success to you and your businesses.

AprilMayJune

I ate there on Friday, November 1st. I had some lettuce and chose a cheesy spinach dish as well. No problems. I recently decided to strike more meat from my meals, so although I was going to have chicken added to this dish I thought of my vegetarian friends and their meatless commitment and how I want to be more like that. Whew!! That just might have saved me from a serious illness.

watchingyou

Say NO to Vegan. Save the plants. Millions of innocent living plants die each day in horrible deaths to satisfy the needs of vegetarians. Some are only maimed for parts and left with no limbs and some are taken from this earth with no warning at all. Go Carnivore, it's saves plants.

SignalMaintainer

Countless animals are killed each year while harvesting vegetables. Will anyone think of the poor rabbits and other creatures that get chewed up and mangled by the farm machinery?!?

watchingyou

Yet another reason to say no to Vegan. Just kill and eat the animals instead of the poor innocent plants that are just sitting there minding their own business making oxygen.

LessThanAmused

I like the way you think! We're about due for a dinner at Texas Road House, maybe tonight should be the night...just got a coupon in my Email!

watchingyou

Cooked just enough to hear the last Moo. No salad though, do not support the senseless beheading of those innocent plants, or the carrots that are ripped from their earthly homes. Brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it.

LessThanAmused

Exactly, hot pink center. No salad usually, however I have to admit that I will be ordering a onion blossom as an appetizer. I hope that doesn't make me too much of a hypocrite?

crap...where do you stand on mushrooms? I can't eat a Road House steak without their exceptionally yummy mushrooms.......

watchingyou

Mushrooms are just a Fungi, they are fine. I have to murder the occasional Onion also. I feel horrible for a minute about it too.

LessThanAmused

Thanks for the mushroom clearance. I feel bad about the Onion Blossom too, but I say a little prayer first before I dip their little legs into the spicy sauce they come with.....man, I'm getting hungry already......

horst

How can you just sit there and watch as an innocent onion gets dipped in batter and then thrown into a bath of boiling hot oil and…and….hhh served with a delicious sauce…Your brains must be wired wrong!!!! What did that onion do to you??? MUSHROOMS, you’re doing them a favor by killing them. They’re raised in a hot musty climate and forced to live in sh-t…

watchingyou

Hey Horst, we said we felt bad about it. LTA says a prayer and I get all teary eyed when I kill an onion, some more than others. I just can't eat my rare Cow without a little Herb and Fungi on the side. Hot, Pink, and bloody. Hey that reminds me ......

LessThanAmused

Oh boy....careful now......

watchingyou

How was your cow, herb, and Fungi? I hope you prayed.

One mushroom said to the other, Hey no one likes hanging out with you anymore. The other mushroom says why not? I'm a Fungi.

LessThanAmused

Ha! Cute. It got postponed until tomorrow night. I need a cleansing before I partake of the revered onion blossom and those yummy button mushrooms, not to mention the Ribeye itself. The anticipation is almost too much to bear.

Lanivan

There are 787 calories in 1/4 of an onion blossom with dipping sauce.

1/4 of an onion blossom......:*(

LessThanAmused

Hey! don't be a buzz kill. Calories = I. Do. Not. Care.

I'm running on bonus time so long term considerations take a back seat to instant gratification.

watchingyou

Now I will feel less badly for killing the onions. They are unhealthy and need to be disposed of, in my Tummy. MMMMMMMM I'll just have to walk a little further to burn it off. Thanks for easing the guilt Lani.

LessThanAmused

Hey, have you ever had grilled button mushrooms stuffed with spicy sausage? Absolutely the best appetizer before a grilled burger known to man.

I think I'm going to wait until Tuesday when the high is suppose to be 17 and then get out there and fire up the grill. It's gonna be a looong winter.

watchingyou

I can't take it anymore! It's chilly tonight so Chili's it is. C'mon 5 O'clock.

Lanivan

Chili's Santa Fe chicken quesadilla (a fave)= 1,540 calories, 108 grams of fat, 2,630 grams of sodium, 87 grams of car....never mind.

watchingyou

Okay Lani, I am starting with the Half order of Texas cheese fries, the the classic Ribeye (med. Rare) with Cheesy Mashed taters and Broccoli (have to murder some mini trees), I am going to finish it off with Pumpkin Spice Molten Cake (with a side of TUMS). How much life can I count on losing tonight?

Lanivan

And washed down with a couple 3 margaritas.....Sheesh, I hope you work out like a fiend every day with that appetite, or you'll have to change your name to "watchingyoufromheaven"

Tri-cities realist

The boys are having a little fun until Debbie Downer stops by... Ugh

Lanivan

Oh lighten up! The 'boys' responded with grace and good humor, again highlighting the resiliency of the human spirit, a powerful ability to rationalize, and a can-do attitude that rises above petty calorie counts.

Tri-cities realist

It was meant as a joke, now I realize I probably shouldn't have included the "ugh". Apparently I need to label my poor attempts at humor.

LessThanAmused

Hey now....Lani has the "mom gene" so she has to do that stuff.

Lanivan

I knew you'd understand....the mom/worry gene is ever-present.

watchingyou

Always watching out for us Lani.

LessThanAmused

Yeah, well, I've already got a mom, wife, daughter AND grandaughter watching every move I make so I don't need any more supervision. I spend most of my day trying to hide from suggestions, advice and "what's good for me".
The only support I get for my lifestyle is from my 4-legged buddy. He'll eat anything I eat and he doesn't nag (unless he's gotta go outside, NOW). :-)

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