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.
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.
- 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.
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.