February 23, 2000
Salad Blamed For Outbreak of Foodborne Illness Among DaimlerChrysler Employees
Outbreak is typical of Norwalk-like virus
Toledo, OH (SafetyAlerts) - The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta has determined, that salads, prepared and packaged
by an outside supplier for HoneyBaked Foods, were the cause of reported illnesses among
recipients of special order banquet meals for DaimlerChrysler Corporation. No food
items prepared by HoneyBaked Foods were implicated by the CDC.
Earlier this month approximently 100 employees in
17 states reported being sick with a food-type illness. At least 2 people were
According to the CDC report, "Clinical signs
of illness in this outbreak is typical of Norwalk-like virus infection with predominantly
symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea and one to two day duration of illness. The
preliminary epidemiological analysis has implicated the salad items as being statistically
associated with the illness."
The HoneyBaked Foods catalog company is very
concerned about the health and safety of our customers; it is our highest priority. We
join our special order customer Daimler Chrysler Corporation in their concern for the well
being of those who are reported to have become ill.
While we are taking this situation very seriously,
we stress that this was an isolated incident, pertaining only to recipients of this
special order account. This situation did not in any way affect HoneyBaked foods catalog
customers or HoneyBaked Ham retail customers. HoneyBaked Ham retail stores have never used
this outside salad supplier.
The salad items cited by the CDC were prepared and
packaged by a Toledo-based catering service. Based on this information, HoneyBaked Foods
immediately discontinued purchasing product from this outside supplier and has no plans to
continue working with them.
The HoneyBaked Foods catalog company has been and
will continue to cooperate fully with the CDC, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and
local and state health authorities in their investigation of the illnesses. While we can't
go back in time to change this unfortunate situation, our entire team at HoneyBaked Foods
of Toledo wishes to express heartfelt concern for those who were affected.