A Moulton catering business can no longer operate in Alabama after at least 77 people became sick following a Salmonella outbreak in Sheffield.
The Alabama Department of Public Health announced Thursday that Darvin McDaniel of Indelible Catering has surrendered his food service permit. The business has been out of operation since mid-November when the state suspended the company while an investigation was underway.
The outbreak took place during a wedding, which was catered by McDaniel’s business. Guests became ill several hours to a couple of days after the private event.
“The health department’s priority is the health of the public and preventing any additional food-borne illnesses,” Assistant State Health Officer Scott Harris said in a statement. “Make sure the caterer you hire for any event has a permit from the health department.”
ADPH said it conducted interviews with patients, obtained patient specimens, inspected the food source and gathered food samples from Indelible Catering during its investigation.
The state has provided the following guidelines for safe food preparation:
* Separate cooked foods from ready-to-eat foods.
* Do not use utensils on cooked foods that were previously used on raw foods and do not place cooked foods on plates where raw foods once were unless the plates have been cleaned thoroughly.
* Cook foods to a safe internal temperature. Use a meat thermometer to make sure foods are cooked to a safe temperature.
* Chill foods promptly after serving and when transporting from one place to another.