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Potential Salmonella Outbreak at South View Side Grocery Store, Sun View Produce, Chicago Health Officials



CHICAGO (WLS) – Chicago health authorities are investigating a possible salmonella outbreak in a Southwest Side grocery store.

According to the Chicago Department of Public Health, at least four people became sick after eating pork tamales or carnitas served in the Sun View Produce deli section in the Clearing district.

Anyone who has bought pork tamales, carnitas or other hot foods from the deli department at the small family store since July 1st should discard the food, the department said.

The agency warns that anyone who ate deli meats between July 1 and August 5 may have been exposed to salmonella. Health officials suggest that you consult a doctor if you have high fever, severe diarrhea, or symptoms of dehydration.

The food products in question have not been available at the store since August 5th. The ministry said that there was no evidence that food manufactured after August 5 was contaminated.

"Salmonella is a type of bacteria that can be found on meat and can also be transmitted if people do not wash their hands well before handling food," said Dr. Janna Kerins. Chicago Health Department. "So we work with food workers to make sure they're treating the food properly, cooking it at the right temperature to kill the bacteria."

Symptoms of salmonella usually last between four and seven days, and most people recover without treatment, health officials said.

ABC 7 attempted to contact the grocery store owners on Saturday, but the store was closed. A sign on the door indicates to customers that no meat service is provided. It is not known how long the board has been posted.

Officials believe that it could be the second outbreak of salmonellosis linked to the sale of carnitas pork in Chicago this year. The last one in February was linked to a small supermarket in Archer Heights.

The agency asks anyone who becomes ill after eating food at the store to contact the service by calling 312-746-SICK.

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