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Salad Caused Japan School Lunch Outbreak

Green salad with broccoli was what made more than 1,500  school students, teachers and staff members sick earlier this month in Iwaizawa, on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido.

The Hokkaido Prefectural Government said Wednesday that broccoli salads prepared at the city’s central school kitchen on Feb. 9 tested positive for Salmonella that was a genetic match  of the bacteria confirmed in the case patients.

Because the bacteria were also found on utensils in a bowl used for mixing the salad, it is believed kitchen equipment may not have been sufficiently cleaned, or the salad may have been contaminated from chicken prepared nearby, according to a local official.

All of those who became ill were said to be recovering.

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  • Doc Mudd

    Note to Jamie Oliver: When whipping up delightfully masterful cuisine from scratch in mass quantities, empathetic chefs will take food safety into consideration along with aesthetics.
    The epidemiology of pot-luck dinners has been done to death, it’s old news. No need to continue testing with our precious little school children.