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After Outbreak, Chicken Back on the Menu at Tennessee Campus

Chicken is back on the menu at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Crossroads Cafeteria, confirms Chuck Cantrell, the school’s associate vice chancellor for Marketing and Communication.

The news comes after an outbreak of Salmonella and Campylobacter affected at least 25 people who had eaten at UTC’s dining facilities since Aug. 20 and complained about illnesses involving fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

“Since the number of cases dropped off dramatically and quickly, and we haven’t had any new reports, it would appear that any problem has likely been resolved,” Cantrell wrote to Food Safety News in an email.

Although the source of the outbreak has not yet been identified, chicken was the main suspect. It was pulled off the menu and, “All of the chicken products in stock at the time of the suspected infection have been replaced,” Cantrell noted.

All UTC dining facilities have scored high in the county health department’s periodic and unannounced inspections, with marks of 95 to 99 out of 100 possible points.

“The health department has not identified any specific product or any process that needs to be addressed or changed, so all of the necessary procedures are in place,” Cantrell stated.

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  • Jihn

    What is the actual or perceived connection between high health department scores and Salmonella & Campylobacter? Isn’t the more relevant question one dealing with the processor, distributor and dining facilities food handling and HACCP procedures?

    John