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2009 Outbreak of Salmonella Associated with A & R Barbeque Restaurant Pulled Pork, Arkansas

A dual outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg and Salmonella Infantis occurred among patrons of the A & R Barbeque (also known as, A & R Bar-B-Q) in Memphis, Tennessee, on Hickory Hill Road. The restaurant was one of four locations; the other locations were not implicated. Most of the ill patrons attended a family reunion at Shelby Farms, on July 10 and 11, where food had been catered by A & R Barbeque. Case patients attending the reunion resided in 11 states including: Arkansas; California; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Louisiana; Tennessee; Texas; Washington; and Wisconsin. The Salmonella Heidelburg isolated during this outbreak matched that of a 2007 Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak associated with this same restaurant location. Samples from food, surfaces, and restaurant employees failed to show the presence of Salmonella; the implicated pork was unavailable for testing.

  • Outbreak began:
  • July 2009
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • California, Wisconsin, Washington, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Pulled pork
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • JF6X01.0032/JF6A26.0076
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • A&R Barbeque
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 53
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 7
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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