By: Allan M. Siegel
The Fig & Olive restaurant in CityCenterDC has reopened its doors after
the DC Department of Health shut the restaurant down following a salmonella
outbreak that sickened numerous diners. According to officials, no food
samples were found to have contained the harmful bacteria. The restaurant
had been closed since September 10th.
Here is what is known about the outbreak so far:
- At least 10 people who dined at the Fig & Olive contracted salmonella
illness. There are also 60 other reported illnesses and roughly 150 possible
illnesses tied to the Fig & Olive being further investigated by officials.
- According to officials, the two items that may have contributed to the
illnesses were truffle fries and mushroom croquettes, both of which have
been removed from the menu and the restaurant.
Health officials were unable to determine a particular ingredient that
could have contributed to the outbreak, and are working with the CDC and
health departments in other jurisdictions to further investigate the source,
including imported Mexican cucumbers that have sickened hundreds of people
in 31 states.
The restaurant was closed shortly after diners reported symptoms that suggested
salmonella infection earlier this month and was given permission to reopen
after meeting a number of requirements. These include destruction of all
food inventory, rigorous health training, and proof of cleanup and sanitation
of the kitchen and entire facility.
Several victims were hospitalized as a result of the salmonella illnesses
and many others experienced negative symptoms that impacted their lives
and caused missed days of work. Those who experienced these damages may
be entitled to a recovery of their losses by filing a personal injury
claim, as the restaurant can be held responsible for causing preventable
harm to patrons.
If you have questions about the recent
salmonella incident at Fig & Olive, food poisoning, and your rights, our attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata
& Siegel, P.C. are available to speak with you and discuss whether
you may be entitled to compensation. For a free consultation, call (202)
644-8303. We represent clients throughout the DC metro area from offices
in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC.