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Economart Salmonella Outbreak

The North Dakota Department of Health (DOH) investigated a Salmonella outbreak in Williston, North Dakota, in May of 2005 after several people tested positive for Salmonella and one woman died.  During its investigation, DOH learned that all ill individuals had eaten rotisserie chicken purchased from the Economart in Williston. 

During the outbreak investigation and inspection of the Williston Economart, DOH investigators noted: 

The possibility of cross-contamination may exist from deficient sanitation levels that would not be effective in removing salmonella from contact surfaces in between the raw-handling stage and the ready-to-eat stage of chicken preparation. . . . [T]wo of the three holding temperatures taken during the investigation were found to be less than the North Dakota Food Code requirement of 135 degrees F.