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Canned mushrooms blamed in outbreak
    #1564037 - 05/20/03 10:31 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

http://www.trib.com/AP/wire_detail.php?wire_num=151697

Canned mushrooms blamed in outbreak



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CODY, Wyo. (AP) - Canned mushrooms are likely the cause of an outbreak of salmonella that sickened 32 people who ate at the Sunset House Restaurant, the restaurant manager said.

''Tests are pending, and we're waiting for results,'' manager Julie Kenney said Monday, but she is sure the canned mushrooms are to blame.

''It wasn't fresh mushrooms. We had no cases at breakfast, but people who ate anything with canned mushrooms on it got sick,'' she said. ''We'll never know how it got in the can of mushrooms.''

Although many had the mushrooms on hamburgers, she said the meat was not linked in any way to the salmonella.

Deputy state epidemiologist Scott Seys said food samples from the Sunset House still are being tested in Cheyenne.

The restaurant voluntarily closed May 12 when it learned a number of people became ill after eating there April 25-May 10.

Kenney said the restaurant is planning to reopen within the week.

''This certainly has been an eye-opener,'' she said. ''Even when you follow procedures (there can be problems.) We've had an exemplary kitchen. It's clean and the health inspector has always been pleased. Now we need to look at the procedures and see how we can make them better.''

She said the Sunset House was awarded the consumer safety award for Wyoming two years ago.

Kenney said the restaurant is following instructions from the state and has gone beyond requirements by having the restaurant professionally cleaned and throwing out all food items that would have come into contact with human hands.

All employees also are being tested to ensure they are not carriers of anything.

''In a business you have a relationship with customers,'' Kenney said. ''They trusted us not to make them sick and for those who ate the mushrooms, that trust was broken. Now we need to do everything we can to get that trust back.''


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http://www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?id=1&display=rednews/2003/05/20/build/wyoming/34-shrooms.inc

Mushrooms blamed for salmonella
By MIKE STARK
Gazette Wyoming Bureau

CODY, Wyo. -- Canned mushrooms apparently were to blame for a salmonella outbreak at a local restaurant that sickened at least 32 people from six states.

Several food items from Sunset House restaurant in Cody were tested for salmonella in Cheyenne after people reported becoming sick.

"The mushrooms definitely were a link but we're not sure exactly how they got contaminated. It looks like it was more in handling and preparation," said Laurie Leis, manager of consumer health services for the state Department of Agriculture.


The restaurant closed last week after reports that about a dozen people had become sick. The number of confirmed cases had risen to 32 on Monday.

The restaurant is expected to reopen this week. The building has been thoroughly cleaned and employees underwent food-handling training on Friday, Leis said.

"They have been extremely cooperative," said Leis, who added that the restaurant has a very good health record.

State officials tracking the outbreak say the people who got sick ate at the restaurant between April 25 and May 10. Many of the cases were from May 8-10, according to Scott Seys, deputy state epidemiologist.

Sickened customers ranged from children to people in their 80s, he said. Cases linked to the restaurant were reported by residents of Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Idaho, Wisconsin and Ohio.

"It was pretty widespread," he said.

Salmonella is a group of microscopic bacteria that pass from the feces of people or animals to other people or animals. Typical symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps that start 12 to 72 hours after infection.

The symptoms typically last four to seven days and most people recover without treatment.

Seys said he didn't know of any serious complications related to the outbreak in Cody, but some people had to go the hospital because they were dehydrated.

State officials are still trying to figure out exactly how the outbreak started and spread.

The usual suspects in passing salmonella -- poultry and eggs -- tested negative for the bacteria, Leis said. Canned mushroom and lettuce from the restaurant showed signs of salmonella, Leis said.

State officials figure the contamination probably was the result of how it was handled because there was no indication of salmonella in previously unopened cans of mushrooms.

The task now is to find out whether the food was contaminated by coming in contact with other food or by the way it was prepared, Leis said.

Meanwhile, the restaurant and state officials are working together to instruct all employees on proper food handling and to make sure the restaurant is ready to reopen soon.

"They have cleaned the facility from top to bottom and everything in between," Leis said. "We want to make sure it's safe to reopen and so do they."

About 40,000 cases of salmonellosis, the infection caused by salmonella, are reported in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



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Re: Canned mushrooms blamed in outbreak [Re: motaman]
    #1565042 - 05/21/03 06:46 AM (13 years, 11 months ago)

I was recently told in my food pathology class that no food-borne illnesses had been linked to canned foods.

This sounds like a first if they in fact prove that the canned mushrooms were the cause.

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Re: Canned mushrooms blamed in outbreak [Re: Joshua]
    #1565108 - 05/21/03 08:42 AM (13 years, 11 months ago)

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I was recently told in my food pathology class that no food-borne illnesses had been linked to canned foods.




I cannot believe that the above statement is true. (I am not doubting what you were told, but I do doubt the person that made the statement in the first place.)

I have read many journal articles about people that have gotten sick, usually botulism, from eating improperly canned food. I am talking about food that was canned at home... like Gandma used to do.

I have also opened up a can of peaches that I bought at the store that was obviously rotten. I didn't eat them, and I don't know if the contam was a human pathogen or not, but I know for fact that bad stuff can exist in those cans.

I have even seen a layer of mold growing on top of a coca-cola in a sealed two liter bottle.


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    #1565537 - 05/21/03 01:19 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

You'd think coke would be too acidic, i don't even get mold on coke that's 3-4 weeks old if i leave it in my house.


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    #1566488 - 05/21/03 05:45 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

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You'd think coke would be too acidic, i don't even get mold on coke that's 3-4 weeks old if i leave it in my house.




I was very surprised. I have never seen it since... just the one time. It was an off-white color and had a fluffy texture almost like bread mold. The two liter was one that we had taken camping and never opened... it had gotten 'lost' in the back of our garage and we found it when cleaning. The patch wasn't very big... about the size of a US dime. At first I had thought it was the seal under the lid that had dropped down somehow, but upon closer inspection it was clearly some kind of mold floating there. Tossed without opening, so I do not know for sure if there was any carbonation left or not.


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