55 Fall Ill After Utah Food Poisoning Incident
About the Food Poisoning Incident
According to Reuters, the incident occurred at a homeless shelter located in the Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Shelter is divided into two halves, one side for single adults and the other half housing families. Those that had shown or reported symptoms were brought and treated at local emergency rooms.
The source of the food poising has not yet been found; however, news reports indicate charitable organizations that give out food are not required to have food handling permits.
Statistics on Food Poising
The following information was provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- There were over 128,000 people hospitalized from food poisoning in 2012.
- There were 71,878 people hospitalized from food poisoning caused by sources that could not be identified.
- There are 31 pathogens that are known to cause foodborne illnesses.
- The CDC estimates that each year 1 in 6 American get sick from foodborne diseases.