Over 100 People Fall Sick at a Food Safety Summit
According to reports, over one hundred people might have caught food poisoning after attending a food safety summit in Maryland. The summit took place earlier this month and according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, some of the food safety experts have been suffering from diarrhea.
The summit took place between April 8 and April 10 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Out of over 1,300 attendees, which included representatives from two federal agencies, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as representatives from many food companies, around 400 of them have responded after being contacted. Over one hundred of them have complained of suffering from gastrointestinal issues that started after the conferece. So far the officials are unsure of what caused it.
"We are working on evaluating possible exposures and doing testing at the Maryland state public health laboratory to attempt to identify an agent," the health department stated reported by HuffPost.
The health department first learned of the stomach issues one week after the convention ended. Four people had complained about nausea and diarrhea. Both the convention center and Centerplate, which provided the food, were inspected by the Maryland health officials. On April 16, the officials have issued a notice to Centerplate for one violation. The company had condensation dripping from one ice machine located in the kitchen. During the company's most recent inspection back in Feb 27, there were no violations issued. Centerplate has not commented about the situation.
So far, no one has been hospitalized.