Many signs indicated that the 2015 Food Safety Summit should not have taken place. The foremost issue was the Baltimore Riots a few weeks back (click here for our post on the situation). But another issue that had organisers worried was the outbreak of food poisoning last year.
Recapping the 2014 Food Safety Summit, the report given by the Office of Infectious Disease and Outbreak Response at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) states that the pan seared breast of the Chicken Marsala served that day caused the most problems.
The report showed that there were at least 216 cases of food poisoning. The victims suffered from diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea, headaches, chills, vomiting and fever.
In order to prevent this from happening again at the 2015Food Safety Summit, organisers were planning to hire an independent contractor to survey the Baltimore Convention Center and the food service operations. Moreover, Baltimore Convention Centre purchased a new blast chiller to reduce temperature exposure during preparation.
Does this make you take food safety more seriously? If the group that should know the best about food safety still manages to stuff up, we ‘normal’ people better keep an eye out!
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