Residents affected in separate Durban salmonella incident

Residents affected in separate Durban salmonella incident

An outbreak of salmonella food poisoning now appears to have affected numerous residents around Durban - but the source remains unclear.

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Social media users took to Facebook this week, to complain about having fallen ill - after dining at Old Town Italy.

The Umhlanga-based eatery's since confirmed it's aware of eleven cases involving patrons who'd had breakfast at the restaurant.

It says it's taken steps to address the problem. Old Town Italy says it's been in contact with the Health Department. 

Durban resident Nicola Jenvey also says 15 of her family members also fell ill after a family potjie competition in Hillcrest, two weeks ago.

"We have a family potjie competition and one of the competitors brought a pudding a creme where you don't completely cook the egg. Of the 20-plus competitors - 15 of us were affected, seven in hospital, three treated it at and another five with milder cases. Another five were with milder cases," Jenvey said. 

Meanwhile, authorities are working to pin-point to the source of a salmonella outbreak in and around Durban.

ECR Consumer expert Wendy Knowler told Jane Linley-Thomas that according to the South African Poultry Association - the eggs from Old Town Italy's supplier were tested and found not to be the source of the salmonella. 

Knowler says she's spoken to Colin Steenhuisen from the South African Poultry Association.

"They went to the supplier of the eggs - whom they aren't naming - where tests were done and sent to a lab. He says those eggs were not the source of the salmonella. He says salmonella contaminates the environment. It could have been the knife or the cutting board but it wasn't the egg," Knowler said.

Listen to that full interview with Knowler below.

Meanwhile, earlier Newswatch's Bernadette Wicks spoke to the father of a man affected on Sunday. Listen to that interview below.

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