Over 500 People Ill After Taste Of Chicago

The Taste of Chicago is the world’s largest food festival, and for more 500 festival goers, it’s also the cause of some serious digestive distress. 17 people have been hospitalized and 529 are reporting symptoms of food poisoning, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Fifty cases have been confirmed as salmonellosis. Of the 50, 36 have been identified as salmonella heidelberg, one of the more common forms of salmonella poisoning in the United States, the release said.

Seventeen people have been hospitalized.

Officials said last week they had determined that at least one–and perhaps the only–source of the bacterial poisoning was a dish of hummus with herbs, tomato and cucumber and ordered Pars Cove to stop serving hummus while a full investigation proceeds.

The Taste of Chicago is a 10 day food festival that serves over 3 million people a year. Attention Chicago Natives: Next time your out-of-town friends want to make you attend this festival, (again), you need only to point them to this article and freedom will be yours.

More than 500 illnesses reported after Taste [Chicago Tribune]
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