The salmonella outbreak that sickened over 425 in 28 states may be almost over but experts insist many of the cases could have been avoided altogether.
As many of you probably remember, the salmonella outbreak occurred in April 2012. On April 13 a massive recall was announced forcing restaurants to pull the tuna product from the menu. Unfortunately, data released this week shows that almost 50 percent of the illnesses occurred after April 13, meaning many restaurants continued to serve the product despite the recall.
Symptoms of salmonella take anywhere from 12 to 72 hours after contact. Take a look at the graph below to see just how many individuals fell ill 3 or more days after the recall was issued.
While the outbreak seems to be under control, health officials revealed that some food establishments continued to serve the tainted tuna as recently as two weeks ago.
Needless to say, had restaurants followed the proper protocol after the recall was issued, many of the illnesses could have easily been avoided.
Of the 425 people affected by the outbreak, 55 were hospitalized.
Do you think these restaurants should be punished for not taking the recall seriously?