Salmonella cases linked to Jewel in Tinley Park

Tribune reporter

Public health officials are investigating a salmonella outbreak linked to the Jewel Osco store in Tinley Park after nine people recently became ill.

Amy Poore, spokeswoman for the Cook County Department of Public Health, said the county is investigating after some food items were linked back to the Jewel at 171st Street and Harlem Avenue.

Jewel officials temporarily closed the store’s service deli Wednesday “out of an abundance of caution,” the store’s spokeswoman Allison Sperling said.

“The Cook County Health Department notified us of a potential concern at that store regarding local Salmonella cases,” Sperling said in an email. “We worked closely with the health department to ensure that our team removed and replaced all necessary product, and cleaned and sanitized all work surfaces, utensils and storage cases.”

The deli reopened later Wednesday, officials said. Poore said the store has been cooperative with county officials.

“At this point there’s no threat to the public from anything at Jewel,” Poore said.

Sperling, Jewel’s spokeswoman, said customers who have purchased food from the Tinley Park service deli who would like to return it for a replacement or refund may visit any Jewel store for assistance.
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