Cause of salmonella outbreak in Melbourne unknown

06 April, 2017 by
Danielle Bowling

While the caf owners at The Food Republic in Melbourne’s east have blamed bad eggs for a salmonella outbreak, the Department of Health claims the cause is unknown.

According to the ABC, customers of the Blackburn cafe fell ill last month, and several were hospitalised.

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Department of Health spokesman Bram Alexander said a lab test confirmed 23 of 25 people who reported being ill were found to have contracted salmonella.

"We haven't found that this has related to food," he said.

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"We know in the past raw eggs are linked [to salmonella] … until we get test results it's a bit hard to implicate a particular food."

Alexander said The Food Republic has been thoroughly cleaned and there have been no other cases reported since the 18 March incident.

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