(UPDATED COVERAGE, 2:06 p.m., Aug. 28) More than half of 64 confirmed cases of salmonella in Taylor County, Texas, have been linked to warm fruit served at an area country club.
The Abilene Country Club was the source of 35 cases of salmonella, the last of which was reported in August, said Callie Harris, a spokeswoman for the City of Abilene, citing an Aug. 17 Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District report.
In a July health inspection report, the department gave the club a score of 63 out of 100, among the worst for Abilene-area restaurants, Harris said. Inspectors found that the club was storing fruit at temperatures that were too warm.
In a letter to club members, Edward Grothaus, the club’s general manager, acknowledged that the club had been identified as a possible source of salmonella, and said new refrigerated units had been purchased to store produce at correct temperatures, according to a story on the website of KTXS, a local TV station. Harris could not confirm that story.
Grothaus would not comment on the report.