After weeks of interviewing individuals who became ill, and observing procedures at Pints and Quarts Pub and Grill and C.F. Prime Chophouse, which share the same kitchen, investigators proved unable to determine an exact cause of the salmonella outbreak that impacted 32 residents.
The report states “although no single source or act was specifically identified that caused this contamination, several practices were observed that could cause foodborne exposure to salmonella.”
Ken Kraus, director of Public Health Muskegon County, said they determined the cases were most likely associated with raw eggs, and cross contamination most likely occurred at the pantry station.
Kraus said the important thing is they didn’t see food code violations.
“We’re not sure of how that contamination occurred,” he said.
Salmonella is a food-borne illness acquired from contaminated eggs, raw poultry, and unpasteurized milk and cheese products. It can also be found in the feces of some animals.
The residents who became ill between Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 experienced a number of gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, chills and/or sweats, headache, muscle or body ache, bloating/gas and fever.