Salmonella Taste Toll Rises Again — to 636

Cucumber hummus the culprit in mass food poisoning at Taste of Chicago
By NewsDude ,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2007 7:08 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Investigators say the cucumber hummus at the Pars Cove Persian Cuisine booth at Taste of Chicago was the culprit in a salmonella outbreak that has now hit 636 people who patronized the festival. Fifty cases are confirmed; 25 have been hospitalized.

The incident occurred despite the fact that the city assigned four inspectors to the 70 food booths at the festival. Said the spokesman, "Until technology comes up with magic glasses to see pathogens with our naked eyes, we'll never know whether a dish has salmonella."