Five Cases Of E. Coli In April Traced to Guacamole at Jason's Deli

KILLEEN, TX (June 24, 2011 - The Packer)—Five cases of E. coli O157:H7 in the Killeen, Texas, area have been traced to food served at a Jason’s Deli there in April, according to Bell County health officials.

In addition to five confirmed cases there are 11 probable cases, said Christine Mann, spokesman for the Texas Department of State Health Services. Two were hospitalized.

A batch of guacamole made at the restaurant on April 13 and used as a sandwich spread was the probable source of the contamination, according to a Bell County Public Health District report obtained by local news media.

Contamination likely occurred onsite, perhaps during food preparation, according to the report. Bacteria were not spread through food distributed by Jason’s Deli Distributors or Deli Management Inc., it concluded.

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