The salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey, tomatoes and onion served at a Boise Co-Op deli had grown to 250 cases and according to one Central District Health spokesperson, “one of the largest food borne illness outbreaks in state history.”
Now it appears State health officials on Friday gave the store the OK to reopen. According to the deli’s website:
“Central District Health Department gave us the green light to resume food production in our Deli at noon today. The first things to be up and running are the coffee bar, juice and smoothie bar, and some deli meats and cheeses. We do not expect to return to full production until Monday, June 22nd.
“We are confident that we have taken steps to ensure the safety of food prepared in our Deli. The wellbeing of our customers is our highest priority. We want to prove to the Boise Co-op Community that we are a destination for food that is clean, safe, healthy, and delicious.
“We deeply regret any illnesses that have resulted from the Salmonella outbreak.”
Elsewhere, in a follow-up to the multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to pet crested geckos, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the investigation is over on Thursday.
The federal health agency said the illnesses linked to contact with pet crested geckos could continue to be reported at a low level because pet crested gecko owners might be unaware of the risk of Salmonella infection. This outbreak was a reminder on the need for people to follow simple steps to enjoy their pet and keep family members healthy.
A total of 22 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Muenchen were reported from 17 states between January 1, 2014 and June 16, 2015. The number of ill people identified in each state was as follows: Florida (1), Iowa (1), Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Kansas (1), Maryland (1), Massachusetts (1), Minnesota (1), Montana (1), New Hampshire (1), New York (1), Ohio (2), Pennsylvania (2), Tennessee (1), Virginia (1), Washington (2), and Wisconsin (3).
Dates that illnesses began ranged from January 1, 2014 to May 9, 2015.