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Kalamazoo Cracker Barrel closes due to salmonella outbreak

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Health officials state that a Kalamazoo Cracker Barrel will not reopen after recurring issues with salmonella.

The Kalamazoo County health department was informed of the closing last week. According to the health department, private tests have revealed a substantial amount of contamination at the Kalamazoo-area restaurant. State test results are pending.

The Texas Township Cracker Barrel is the same one where Jason Dalton, an Uber driver, shot and killed four women and critically wounded a 14-year-old girl during his February 2016 shooting rampage in the Kalamazoo area. Six people died and two were wounded. Photo courtesy of Robert Warner

The Kalamazoo Cracker Barrel has experienced sanitary problems in the past. The restaurant previously reopened in June after closing for health-code violations.

“I’m really disappointed because I used to love going to the Cracker Barrel,” GLHS junior Giovana Faria said. “I hope a new one reopens soon.”

Cracker Barrel, which is based in Lebanon, Tennessee, has said that the salmonella is not related to the food supply and is specific to the Kalamazoo location. However, the restaurant has closed its doors because the chain isn’t confident that it could “prevent a recurrence.”

The salmonella bacteria symptoms include diarrhea, fever, chills and abdominal pain for 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness typically lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. However, in some cases, the diarrhea is severe enough that the patient requires hospitalization.

Jim Rutherford, a Kalamazoo County health department officer, told the Associated Press that the Cracker Barrel has been “responsive and cooperative” during the investigation. The health department says that food from the Cracker Barrel will be thrown out, and equipment won’t be reused until it’s cleaned and tested.

Sophia Christensen

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