poisoning linked to Youngs
The Clark County Combined
Health District is currently investigating a cluster of food poisoning
incidents that may be related to Youngs Jersey Dairy.
Eight cases of salmonella poisoning have been confirmed in six area counties,
all linked by contact with Youngs, Clark County Health Commissioner
Charles Patterson said Tuesday. The Health District has asked Youngs
to pull from store shelves unpasteurized milk products, which are a potential
Epidemiologists and health inspectors have been working with Youngs
since last Wednesday, Dec. 11, to ensure the safety of the customers,
There are potential cases linked to here, but we havent found
anything to show that for sure yet, restaurant owner Dan Young said.
The safety of our guests is our No. 1 concern, and we are doing
everything we can to help eliminate the possibilities.
Youngs removed all unpasteurized milk from the shelves last Friday,
Dec. 13. The milk will not be restocked until an unspecified date, as
a precautionary measure, Young said. Health officials are testing all
of the milk and ice cream products people take home from Youngs
and each of the restaurants employees for contamination.
Youngs has taken food samples for some of its own testing, and so
far everything has come back negative, Young said.
Evidence shows the outbreak may have been caused by a contaminated food
handler, but definitive lab results will not be available until the end
of the week. State epidemiology reports show that those infected had eaten
at Youngs sometime between Nov. 29 and Dec. 9, Patterson said.
Two of Youngs food handlers, one from the ice cream snack bar building
and one from the Golden Jersey Inn, tested positive for salmonella contamination,
The eight cases have been reported in Greene, Clark, Butler, Madison,
Montgomery and Shelby counties. The initial lab case came from Childrens
Medical Center in Dayton.
The Health District is investigating another possible 20 related cases
by using a pulse field gel test to find out if the salmonella from each
case is of the same serotype.
Youngs, which has been in the food service business for 50 years,
has never had a problem before, Young said. The business attracts over
a million visitors each year, and employs more than 200 people.
According to the Health District, the onset of salmonella food poisoning
symptoms takes place 6 to 72 hours after coming into contact with the
bacteria. Symptoms can last several days and include abdominal pain, diarrhea,
chills, fever, nausea, vomiting and malaise.