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2012 Toast of Dilworth Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis

In March 2012 the Mecklenburg County Health Department investigated an outbreak of Salmonella serotype Enteritidis among customers of the Toast of Dilworth Cafe in Charlotte. Health department investigators reported at least 29 ill persons with 15 persons diagnosed with salmonellosis. The suspected food that caused the outbreak was hollandaise sauce prepared with unpasteurized eggs. Once the sauce was mixed, it was held at room temperature. Allowing pooled eggs to sit at room temperature is a critical food safety violation.

  • Outbreak began:
  • March 2012
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • North Carolina
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Eggs, Hollandaise sauce
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • JEGX01.0004
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Toast of Dilworth
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 29
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 15
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 14
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • No
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 0
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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