21 July, 2015
A high tea service at Melbourne's five star Langham Hotel has left 6 people in hospital and a further 28 unwell. The service took place at the hotel's Aria Bar and Lounge over the weekend of the 11th and 12th July.
A spokesman for the Health Department, Bram Alexander, has said that guests of the hotel can be assured that they are no longer at risk, with all suspect foods having been disposed of.
The salmonella outbreak has been linked to their Chocolate Bar Afternoon Tea Event which 66 people attended. The managing director of the hotel, Ben Sington, has indicated that it is cooperating with both the Health Department and Melbourne City Council to determine the source of the salmonella outbreak.
A statement that has been issued by the hotel in response to the outbreak states, "The hotel's Quality and Risk Assessment Manager conducts daily food safety checks of equipment, personnel and processes involved in food preparation. Food is produced in traceable batches and frozen samples are systematically retained. Electronic temperature checks are carried out on food deliveries and each batch of food prepared. Detailed food preparation logs and samples have been provided to the Environmental Health Officer for further analysis."
Source : Herald Sun, 21 July 2015