June 22, 2010

Subway Under Investigation As Source Of Salmonella

The Illinois Department of Health is investigating a salmonella outbreak that has resulted in about 100 confirmed cases of illness in people that ate at Subway restaurants in the state.

Spokeswoman Kelly Jakubek told Reuters that investigators confirmed 97 cases of Salmonella Hvittingfoss infection from 28 Illinois counties as of Monday.

She said the uncommon strain of Salmonella, which sent 26 people to hospitals, but caused no deaths, has been linked to 47 Subway restaurants in central Illinois.

Jakubek said that the attacks of Salmonella poisoning took place between May 11 and June 5.

The source of infection has not yet been identified and Subway voluntarily withdrew some items, including onions, green peppers, tomatoes and lettuce, from its restaurants in early June as a precaution.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 76 million people in the U.S. get sick every year from foodborne illnesses and 5,000 people die from them.

U.S. officials said in 2006 that poultry, leafy green vegetables and nuts and fruit were the chief vehicles of foodborne illnesses.

Subway is owned by Doctor's Associates Inc. and has over 28,500 locations in 86 locations.


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