No Source Found In Salmonella Outbreak
(Las Vegas, NV) — The Southern Nevada Health District has yet to find the source of the salmonella outbreak at the Firefly restaurant. And do they expect do? Medical Epidemiologist Nancy Williams tells KXNT the answer.
“The answer to that is no so far and we aren’t expecting to gather more information that would help us answer that,” says Williams.
As of May 5, 2013 at least 196 patrons and 4 employees who consumed food and/or drinks at Firefly restaurant during April 21-26, 2013 have been determined to be confirmed or probable cases of Salmonella infection.
“Confirmed means that we have actually have a laboratory specimen from them which shows there is a match to salmonella. Currently there are 16 confirmed cases of the 200 reported cases.
“There were several food samples taken on the night of the initial inspection that were sent to the laboratories and none have been positive for salmonella.
John Williams is the owner of the restaurant and plans to reopen the restaurant in a different location.
However, Firefly on Paradise as well as Dragonfly on Paradise remains closed. Before the facilities will be permitted to be re-opened by SNHD, the following requirements must be met:
1. A Person-In-Charge (PIC) who has completed a Certified Food Safety Manager (CFSM)
training program must be present and responsible at the facility at all times including
evenings, weekends, and breaks.
2. The SNHD will verify that the facility owner has obtained the services of a Food Safety
Consultant who will assist the facility in implementing measures to assure ongoing active
managerial control of risk factors for foodborne illness.
3. The facility shall actively monitor all food products during cooling and maintain cooling
logs until further notice by SNHD. These logs are required to be kept on-site for a
minimum of one year.
4. Any menu items including sauces/dips that contain raw or undercooked animal products
must have a consumer advisory statement and proper disclosure next to the item.
5. Facility must be cleared pending foodborne illness outbreak investigation by SNHD
6. The facility must pay the associated closure fee and pass a scheduled inspection with
10 demerits with no repeat critical or major violations.
The entire report can be viewed here Southern Nevada Health District report on Firefly