Third dish tests positive for salmonella

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Jul 09, 2009 - 04:05:11 CDT

Bismarck Tribune

A third dish served by an unlicensed caterer has tested positive for salmonella.

State epidimiologist Kirby Kruger said beef taco meat served at a June 13 wedding in Washburn, along with shredded beef and pasta salad served at a McClusky wedding June 20, all have tested positive.

The events were all catered by Aggie Jennings of rural Washburn.

The state Department of Health has issued a cease-and-desist order for Jennings, and she has been cooperating with the investigation, Kruger said.

In all, Kruger said 37 people have tested positive with Salmonella montivideo, a strain of the bacteria commonly associated with baby chickens.

Jennings raises chickens at her rural farm.

Kruger said 139 people from the three events meet the case definitions of salmonella poisoning.

He said nearly 300 people who attended the three events have been either interviewed or have responded to a questionnaire.

More test results are expected from the McClusky wedding, Kruger said, sometime this week.

Other test results that are still pending are from the chickens, he said.

Kruger said a process known as "fingerprinting" is used to determine DNA matches between human and food samples.

"That will give us a better indication if there is a single source (of contamination)," he said.



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