Cook County Department of Public Health officials are investigating a salmonella outbreak linked to the Jewel Osco store Deli Department in Tinley Park at 171st Street and Harlem Avenue. after nine people became ill.
Jewel officials temporarily closed the store’s service deli Wednesday “out of an abundance of caution,” according to Jewel. The deli reopened later Wednesday.
Amy Poore, spokeswoman for the Cook County Department of Public Health, said the county is investigating the nine cases of illness after food items were linked back to the Jewel.
The Cook County Health Department notified Jewel of a potential concern at the Tinley Park store
Jewel worked with the Cook County Health Department to remove and replace all necessary product, All work surfaces, utensils and storage cases of the deli were cleaned and sanitized.
Workers at Jewel must submit stool samples to help determine whether the outbreak started with an employee. It is rare to pinpoint a specific food as the source of salmonella, which is more likely pass along by a food handler.
There is no longer a threat to the public, according to Jewel, and customers who have purchased food from the Tinley Park service deli who would like to return it for a replacement or refund may visit any Jewel store for assistance.
There is no alert or notice regarding the incident on the Jewel-Osco website or social media channels. Likewise there is no alert or notice on the Cook County Department of Public Health website or social media channels regarding the incident.
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