Over 30 Ill With Clostridium Perfringens at Parent-Teacher Conference in Evanston, Ill.

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At least 30 people became ill after chicken-based BBQ prepared by Merle’s smokehouse was consumed at a parent-teacher event at Haven Middle School in Evanston, Illinois in February. This Food Safety Infosheet details the outbreak of Clostridium perfringens, which was due to food held at incorrect temperatures.


  • Outbreak traced to catered BBQ that was held at incorrect temperatures
  • Food was reportedly delivered by caterer and BBQ dishes sat out at room temperature throughout the afternoon and evening.
  • Have the proper tools available, such as chafing dishes with a heat source, to keep the food above 135°F.

Article first appeared on foodsafetyinfosheets.org