According to the Boise Co-op Facebook page, the Central District Health Department (CDHD) informed the Co-op on June 15th that their lab results confirmed the presence of Salmonella in several foods from the Deli.
Upon receiving this new information, the Co-op voluntarily closed the Deli and disposed of all foods prepared therein. As an added precaution, any foods purchased from the Deli after June 1, 2015 should be discarded.
According to the CDHD, foods that were found to be contaminated include tomatoes, onions, and raw turkey. These were foods coming out of the Deli, not our Produce department. According to CDHD, the Salmonella contamination of the raw produce was a result of possible cross-contamination in our Deli department.
As of June 15, at least 60 people are stool culture confirmed as suffering from Salmonella. There are as many as 40 other cases pending.
CDHD Public Information Officer Christine Myron said Tuesday that the department has 60 confirmed cases of Salmonella, but anticipate in all that 75 to 100 cases will be reported to CDHD. The reports are even coming from out of state, because Myron said the Boise Airport sells Boise Co-Op deli products at airport terminal kiosks.
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