Merle's BBQ Clostridium Perfringens Outbreak


On February 17th, 2011 Evanston School District 65 notified the City of Evanston Health Department that 30 people became sick after eating at a parent-teacher night that was catered by Merle’s BBQ the previous evening. The ensuing investigation determined the cause of the outbreak was barbequed pulled chicken contaminated with Clostridium perfringens catered by Merle’s BBQ and revealed unsafe food handling and storage temperatures at both Merle’s BBQ Restaurant and the school the food was served at.

What is Clostridium Perfringens?

Clostridium perfringens bacterium produce toxins that are harmful in humans and while the bacterium and its toxins exist ubiquitously, humans are typically only harmed after eating food with the bacterium in it.

Clostridium Perfringens Symptoms

Usually people exhibit symptoms of a Clostridium perfringens infection within 6-24 hours after consumption. Symptoms typically include gastrointestinal pain, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and nausea.

Contact the Marler Clark Clostridium Perfringens Attorneys

Marler Clark is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of foodborne illnesses. If you or a family member became ill with a Clostridium perfringens infection and you are interested in pursuing a legal claim, you can contact the Marler Clark foodborne illness attorneys for a free case evaluation.

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