Header graphic for print

Food Safety News

Breaking news for everyone's consumption

Fig & Olive

Fig & Olive’s layoffs, lawsuits and piles of dirty dishes

Like those pictures of garbage piling up in the streets of Beirut, the stacks of dirty dishes that were left when the Fig & Olive restaurant chain lost its hot water at its West Hollywood location this past Nov. 17-18 don’t look too appealing. Without hot water, the Fig & Olive on Melrose Place was forced… Continue Reading

Possible Source of Fig & Olive Outbreak: Items Not Made Fresh

The Washington City Paper has dug into the Salmonella outbreak linked to Fig & Olive restaurants earlier this fall and found that the upscale chain relies on dish components pre-cooked and frozen at a commissary in New York. According to the paper, the $26 truffle risotto was one such dish pre-made, reheated with cheese, and then… Continue Reading

CDC, State/Local Health Partners Ask: How Large is Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Fig & Olive?

Multiple cities are investigating Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to eating at Fig & Olive restaurants, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells Food Safety News. Illnesses have so far been reported Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, and the investigation is ongoing to determine whether there are illnesses in other states linked to eating… Continue Reading

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it, here are some of the top food safety stories from last week: PCA Sentencing: Stewart Parnell, former CEO of the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), was sentenced to 28 years in prison on Sept. 21. His peanut-broker brother, Michael Parnell, got 20 years, and former PCA Quality Assurance Manager Mary… Continue Reading

Outbreak Associated With Fig & Olive Restaurants Might Be Expanding

A Salmonella outbreak that’s been percolating around a pair of trendy restaurants in West Hollywood and the District of Columbia for about three weeks might be expanding, with reports of the outbreak strain possibly showing up in other cities with Fig & Olive restaurants. One thing for certain is that state and federal health officials… Continue Reading

Update: DC Restaurant Reopens, Salmonella Linked to Two Specific Food Items

After a Salmonella outbreak involving at least 10 confirmed cases and potentially dozens more, the Fig & Olive restaurant in Washington, D.C., reopened on Wednesday, Sept. 16, after a six-day closure due to the outbreak. Local health officials said in a press call Wednesday that the contamination had been linked to truffle fries and mushroom… Continue Reading