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Published On: Wed, Sep 16th, 2015

DC Fig and Olive reopens, dozens sickened, salmonella implicated

The Washington DC Health Department said after nearly one week, the Fig and Olive food establishment has reopened. The reopening comes after six days of closure because of salmonella illnesses linked to the restaurant.

Salmonella image/CDC

Salmonella image/CDC

Dozens of people from 5 states became ill including ten confirmed cases identified in District and VA residents. An additional 150 possible cases are being investigated.

“Over the past six days we have been working very closely with the Department of Forensic Science and persons who ate at the restaurant who may have been impacted by this outbreak to ensure a comprehensive assessment and solution that will sustain the safety of those living, working and visiting our nation’s capital,” said Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Director of the District of Columbia Department of Health. “Fig and Olive has been very cooperative, responsive and transparent throughout this process and has complied with the directive issued from the department.”
Fig and Olive met the following requirements, which allowed their operations to be restored by DOH:
  • Provided evidence/invoices of the clean-up and sanitization of the kitchen/premises.
  • Verified employee health training, which included signed forms.
  • Destroyed current food inventory.
  • Corrected all violations cited in recent inspections.
  • Provided a Standard Operating Procedure for food handling and preparation.
  • Implemented training program to reinforce good retail practices.
Through follow-up inspections, DOH has been able to confirm that Fig and Olive has removed all conditions that may have contributed to the salmonella outbreak. The department will also increase surveillance of the establishment to ensure compliance with food safety regulations and to ultimately protect the health of the city’s residents, workers and visitors.

People who are sick with Salmonella usually experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps about 12 to 72 hours after they eat something contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Most people are sick for 4 to 7 days and can get better without treatment.

People who are at high risk for Salmonella infection include: infants, elderly, immunocompromised, including persons on immunosuppressive therapies or medications, and pregnant women.  People can decrease their risk of Salmonella infection through proper food handling and preparation and by practicing proper hand washing and hygiene practices.

Robert Herriman is a microbiologist and the Editor-in-Chief of Outbreak News Today and the Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the Outbreak News This Week Radio Show on http://1380thebiz.com/ Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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