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Yelp to the Rescue in Los Angeles Salmonella Outbreak at Don Antonio’s – Marler Clark Retained

yelp-300x225Update: Los Angeles County Health has confirmed Salmonella Outbreak – report to follow.

Over the last week, Marler Clark was been retained by two friends who both ate together at Don Antonio’s in mid-March and developed Salmonella.

According to Yelp, a lot more people did as well.

Hannah:

My co-workers and I have been fans of Don Antonio’s lunch specials for years, until now.

We had lunch there Thursday, March 19. One of my coworkers got so sick that she spent three days in the hospital. My other coworker and I got hit with the illness a few days later and not as badly, but we’re still miserable. I am shocked to read the other reviews of people getting sick and am so upset that this was preventable. I will avoid Don Antonio’s at all costs now. It’s not worth the risk of a trip to the hospital.

Jose:

Don’t go there . On Friday March 20 2015 5 of my co-workers and my self we went to have lunch together and now we all have gone to emergency room! Because of diarrhea vomiting head ache fever and much more! But the worst part is that we went so see the doctor and we are still the same! Now I don’t know what to do because I have tried everything and nothing work.

Scarlett:

Is management aware that several customers, including myself got very ill? I went here on March 20 for lunch.  Shortly after I got very sick.  I went to my doctor and then to the hospital.  It is salmonella.  I am so angry.. I read the other reviews here so I’m wondering if management is aware? !

Dionne:

BEWARE! I see others have already posted but my daughter and I ate here on 3/19 and she got salmonella. As of 4/3 she is still ill. I’m horribly upset to see others wound up sick too; I am posting in hopes no one goes there.

Golden T.:

FOOD POISONING!

As with the other Yelp reviewers that recently went to Don Antonio’s for lunch, my two friends and I also got sick.  We ate there on Friday, March 20th.  I ended up in the ER for several hours, went through two bags of IV for hydration, took pain medication, anti-nausea medication and antibiotics. I just recently started to feel a little better but still not 100%.

My friend took food home for her family.  Her 3 y/o and 14 y/o also got extremely ill.  She and her 14 y/o went to Urgent Care and she took her youngest to a pediatrician.

Our other friend, who has a new baby, was also very ill and is struggling to recover.

This is worthy of a Department of Health investigation.  For my sick compatriots, I hope that all of us can fully recover from this.

Cassandra S.:

My boyfriend recently got food poisoning or so we thought it was just food poisoning after he ate lunch at the restaurant last Friday. He’s been bed ridden since Friday and it’s now Wednesday. We’ve been to the hospital twice and to the doctor’s twice. Finally, we received a call from the Dr. that he got salmonella. Not freaking cool Don Antonois. Really disgusting.

Veronica L:

My Husband and 3 of his co-workers all ended up with Food Poisoning after having lunch at this place.  We spent the weekend at Urgent Care, my husband had diarrhea, vomiting , and temperature of 103.4. Him and his co-workers all have missed work due to the same.  I would not recommend this place at all! We all think they recycle their salsa.

Andrea M.:

Salmonella!  My friend are here on March 20, 2015 and became very sick. The sickness lasted for one week.  Had to go to the hospital multiple times. Test came back as salmonella.  Beware – don’t want this happening to anyone else.

Todd H.:

Salmonella!  To everybody who has been sick from eating at Don Antonio’s, go to the hospital immediately because it is Salmonella.  It was the worst week of my life.  Hopefully, nobody else has to go through what I went through.

Leonel Z.:

Warning do not go to this restaurant…

My friends and I came to this restaurant last week on Friday March 20 2015 and we all ended up at the emergency room with a really bad bacteria and didn’t know what it was… They gave me the results today and they said i have salmonella. Eat at your own risk.

And, one from Trip Advisor:

Ms. L:

“SALMONELLA POISONING. Don’t go here”

We have eaten here over 15 years and I was horrified to find out my friend and I got Salmonella poisoning there on March 20, 2015. It’s unacceptable that a Los Angeles restaurant with an “A” rating can be delivering salmonella to its customers for several days. I’ve just discovered others online reviews (see Yelp) confirming the same thing. It’s a disgusting illness, worse than standard food poisoning and serious. Whatever they did, too many people got sick so they should be investigated to find out what’s going on there. It’s an extremely popular restaurant, very successful and there is no excuse for such an incident. Shame on you Don Antonio’s, what happened to all of us who ate there that week could have been life threatening, words cannot describe my disappointment.

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  • rjg

    I hate to admit this as a Sanitarian/Environmental Health/public health professional, but I have found Yelp reports to be an invaluable source of information I have been able to use to prepare for inspections/audits. In some cases, I have been able to identify some problems that may go unnoticed in a routine audit/inspection.

  • adam222green

    This is such a powerful service, I’d like to see these crowdsourced review and comment sites (e.g. discus, too) have a system for both automatically detecting posts that are of greater importance than “bad souffle” and then verify reports of “salmonella” or other catch-all terms for things like food poisoning, petty theft (they deny taking ‘it’ from my car while it was being…) etc.
    Some sort of notification based on “you’ve been to this cafe now closed due to rats” or “you zip code is within 10 miles of this gas leak warning” etc.
    Sort of like Waze for everyday affairs, not just traffic.
    I think this could also engage others to contribute “hey, I got sick there, too!” or “hmmm, that burglary is just across the street, I’ll check my security cameras for anything that might help.”
    I don’t imagine I’m the first to think of this, but I don’t seem to be able to find it on google.
    It seems like often-derided “bloggers” can at least sometimes really provide useful original sources of facts — those sources could be somehow aggregated and processed for patterns and identification of what’s happening or even eventually be able to anticipate or predict things like a salmonella outbreak by early indications.