NC health officials confirm salmonella from event

SHELBY, N.C. (AP) — State health officials confirm that salmonella sickened more than 100 people who ate at a Cleveland County church barbecue in September.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/1gd8o9b) that the Cleveland County Health Department says a final report from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services pinpointed salmonella as the source of the illness associated with Sandy Plains Baptist Church.

County health officials said the state report didn’t identify a specific food or beverage as the cause.

State officials said they confirmed 104 cases. Victims ranged in age from 3 to 85.

The state noted that North Carolina law exempts nonprofit organizations that serve food or drink on an occasional basis from health inspections. They said the state should adopt new measures to safeguard food served at fundraisers and similar events.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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