Salmonella investigation at the Delaney House

Ten or more patrons became sick after dining between November 11 and November 15

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The state and local health departments are investigating alleged Salmonella poisoning at a well-known restaurant in Holyoke.

Holyoke’s health director Brian Fitzgerald told 22News they’re working to figure out why people were sickened at the Delaney House last month between November 11th and November 15th.

He gave us investigation reports which indicate 19 confirmed salmonella cases and additional suspect cases were traced back to ten different events held at the Delaney House.

Five foodhandlers and one non-foodhandling employee at the restaurant also tested positive for salmonella.  Some of the infected foodhandlers worked at events outside of the Delaney House, including the Log Cabin, a take-out restaurant, and various catered events.

He said that the state and local health departments are currently conducting a lengthy investigation.

The restaurant is not being shut down.

Peter Rosskothen, the co-owner of the Delaney House, said they’ve been compliant with the investigation and it appears to be isolated to that timeframe and no longer an issue.

“We feel awful about this but I know for a fact that no one has been related to us with this issue since Nov. 15th. I feel really comfortable that whatever came to us, left us even before the investigation started,” Rosskothen said.

The restaurant serves thousands of people each week and since the investigation began no new cases have surfaced.

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