UPDATED: Texas country club source of salmonella - The Packer

UPDATED: Texas country club source of salmonella

08/27/2012 04:50:00 PM
Andy Nelson

(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.

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August, 28, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Why was the restaurant not shut down for unsanitary and unsafe conditions? They didn't purchased the new fridges after the bad score, they waited until they where found as the source of making people sick. That's how the inspectors and operations care about people's health!

new mexico  |  September, 01, 2012 at 06:11 PM

How does the above commentor know they waited? If there were 30+ cases reported, the last of which was reported at the end of August ... None of which can say without doubt that their sickness wasn't from another source ... Just how quickly does Ben think new restaurant refridges are purchased and then installed(?) Sounds like they responded fairly quickly to me. It is only fair to give the restaurant an opportunity to correct their error, once it is discerned. Looks to me it was corrected in less than a month. Given the fluctuating conditions of equipment and enviornments does he not understand no one is in control of everything all the time ..? I guess he is capable of running his affairs perfectly 24/7; BUT - FYI: that isn't normal, nor has it ever been, Ben!

Kevin Linden    
Moreno Valley California  |  September, 05, 2012 at 09:13 AM

thats it, blame the refrigerator.. sick and tired of refrigerators getting all the flack!!! how 'bout the PEOPLE using the refrigerators ..a little training may have helped all those poor people at the country club..probably not in their assessment budget.. you might consider getting a new kitchen manager??

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