Nearly 60 Ill With Clostridium Perfringens at Outdoor School in Oregon
This Food Safety Infosheet describes an outbreak of Clostridium perfringens that was traced to beef stroganoff held at an improper temperature.
- Multnomah County, Oregon, health officials, 60 students developed stomach pains, vomiting, and diarrhea after eating beef stroganoff.
- C. perfringens spores often survive cooking but are not a problem until the food is held at an improper temperature.
- These spores can germinate into cells which then can multiply to food poisoning levels if food is held between 41°F and 135°F for more than four hours.
- Use a tip sensitive digital thermometer to measure temperature and monitor throughout service and cooling.
Article first appeared on foodsafetyinfosheets.org.