Salmonella From Illegal Cheese Strikes Chicagoland

An outbreak of salmonella poisoning in our homeland of Kane County, IL (Hey, there Elgin…) has been linked to an illegal cheese making operation. From WMAQ:

Kane County health officials said Thursday that cheese may be causing a salmonella outbreak that has made at least 20 people sick.

They urge consumers to throw out all Mexican-style white cheese purchased in Kane County, especially unlabeled packages bought in stores or from street vendors.

Health officials matched the salmonella to cheese after testing the product at a Hispanic grocery store in Aurora.

“We have uncovered an illegal cheese manufacturing and distribution operation,” said Paul Kuehnert with the county Health Department.

Officials speculate someone may be making the cheese at home with unpasteurized milk.

Mom! Dad! Throw the cheese out! —MEGHANN MARCO

Salmonella Outbreak Traced To Illegal Cheese Operation
[NBC 5 Chicago via Chicagoist]
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