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Silo named as the salmonella source. Avoid the chicken and mayo roll

By johnboy - 8 December 2011 69

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The ABC brings word that the salmonella outbreak which has hospitalised five people and made many more unwell has been put down to the chicken and mayonaise rolls at Kingston’s Silo bakery.

It is believed raw egg in mayonnaise made at the Silo bakery in Kingston is to blame for the outbreak.

ACT Health has confirmed 13 people have been affected by salmonella bacteria.

Five were hospitalised with dehydration after suffering severe vomiting and diarrhoea.

The bakery has been closed by health authorities until the source is confirmed.

Silo co-owner Leanne Gray says she is scrupulous about food hygiene and is perplexed by the outbreak.

“Until those sub-species [lab] results come back the information is not conclusive,” she said.

“But I do understand the Health Department have to take actions if they have suspicions and we have nothing to hide.”

Chief Health Officer Paul Kelly says nearly all those who contracted the salmonella bacteria had eaten a roll containing chicken and mayonnaise.

“Both chicken and raw eggs are possible sources of this particular bug,” he said.

Ms Gray says everything is being done at the business to track the source of the outbreak.


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Silo named as the salmonella source. Avoid the chicken and mayo roll
poetix 2:01 pm 08 Dec 11

Do you ever check out the toilets at restaurants? Remember, the staff probably use them too, and sometimes there is no soap, or the soap looks like it is dirty itself. (And no, I don’t have OCD.) It’s a huge worry.

This is all like a third world problem oozing into the first.

GardeningGirl 1:59 pm 08 Dec 11

madamcholet said :

I was in the local City IGA a few weeks ago and witnessed a young lad putting fresh bread rolls and such into the cabinet with his bare hands. I subsequently called the health dept, and to their credit they responded very quickly, although did say that this was not an offence…just not great practice, but that they would check them out at the next visit which was approaching anyway. It only takes one person not washing their hands, touching food and the work is then already underway.

I was in a supermarket once and noticed a woman pushing a trolley around replenishing the self-serve containers of individual bread rolls and sweeping up the crumbs on the floor in the vicinity. Each time she hung the broom back on the trolley it dangled against the uncovered bread rolls on the lowest shelf of the trolley. I pointed it out to her and she just shrugged and continued doing it.
If something isn’t great practice why isn’t it an offence?

sepi 1:49 pm 08 Dec 11

If the salmonella is in the raw eggs, then shouldn’t they be telling us the brand of eggs also?
Or can salmonella form in mayonnaise due to poor storage etc after being made?

johnboy 1:02 pm 08 Dec 11

If, and it’s a huge if, hands are being washed regularly then bare hands is more hygenic than manky gloves IIRC.

madamcholet 12:59 pm 08 Dec 11

Store bought mayo uses eggs that have been heat treated to eliminate the risk of anything living in there – like milk – that’s why it can sit on a shelf for years. It also contains vinegar and lemon which would help kill any nasties. I love mayo so much I can eat it out of the jar, but always a bit wary of deli counter mayo.

I was in the local City IGA a few weeks ago and witnessed a young lad putting fresh bread rolls and such into the cabinet with his bare hands. I subsequently called the health dept, and to their credit they responded very quickly, although did say that this was not an offence…just not great practice, but that they would check them out at the next visit which was approaching anyway. It only takes one person not washing their hands, touching food and the work is then already underway.

Looks like SIlo management should read this thread and maybe learn the other reason why people won’t go there!

schmeah 12:12 pm 08 Dec 11

I agree with other comments that it’s difficult to explicitly blame silo for this outbreak. If you eat uncooked egg you’re always taking a risk no matter where they come from.

Personally, I think Silo is an overpriced, unfriendly hangout for has-been hipsters. The last time I went there, the coffee was probably the worst I’ve had in Canberra, the pastry equally unimpressive and the staff, to be blunt, were quite simply just rude. I will never imderstand why people continue to queue to experence such low service.

Peptis 11:46 am 08 Dec 11

Whenever you eat uncooked eggs you’re taking a risk*. Unless evidence comes up saying that Silo did something wrong with their handling of the eggs, then it’s not really their fault.

* I am aware that you can get Pasteurised eggs, that eliminate (reduce?) the risk, but I haven’t seen them in Australia.

EvanJames 11:26 am 08 Dec 11

I thought all mayonnaise contained “raw egg”? I guess there was either something up with the eggs, or the way the mayonnaise was stored, or maybe the chicken was allowed to get warm.

I don’t darken the doors of Silo, I don’t care how good their food is. I’m not giving them my money, plenty of silly people willing to put up with arrogance.

martyo 10:55 am 08 Dec 11

I drove across to Kingston last week for lunch and purchased a chicken roll. I have been feeling like crap ever since. Now I see this!! F@$K you silo – never again!

Erg0 10:49 am 08 Dec 11

wycx said :

It is believed raw egg in mayonnaise made at the Silo bakery in Kingston is to blame for the outbreak.

I suspect the need for the Health Department to look like they are on top of it trumps the need to not jump to faith-based conclusions.

Seems pretty evidence-based to me – if a number of people have contracted salmonella and they all ate at the same place in the last few days then the logical conclusion would be…

wycx 10:41 am 08 Dec 11

It is believed raw egg in mayonnaise made at the Silo bakery in Kingston is to blame for the outbreak.

I suspect the need for the Health Department to look like they are on top of it trumps the need to not jump to faith-based conclusions.

ramblingted 10:37 am 08 Dec 11

As one who got a bad case of the runs after a chicken and mayo roll from Silo last week, I would have really liked to see the management apologising to those who got sick and promising to find and fix the problem- instead we get to hear how outraged the owners are that ACT Health have had to step in…

Very consistent with their general attitude towards their customers..

madamcholet 9:50 am 08 Dec 11

I had salmonella posioning when I was 4 months pregnant – back in 2008.Won’t go into how horrendous that was, but when my obstetrician called me to advise that’s what it was, he asked if I had received a call from “the authorities”. When I said I hadn’t he said he was surprised due to the fact that salmonella is a reportable illness and that they would normally follow up tofind out where it may have stemmed from. Incidentally I had eaten potato salad and a chicken pie a few days prior from a respectable takeaway place in City West.

Anyway, it was not followed up and I have felt dudded ever since. Glad my obstetrician cared, cos it was pretty scary at the time.

Just on the Silo thing – I’ve been in there once in the 7 years I have lived in Canberra, and whilst the food, particularly the sweet things look and taste wonderful, I was not impressed witht he service at all.

Chop71 9:39 am 08 Dec 11

Lucky they didn’t kill someone

Mang 9:24 am 08 Dec 11

After how rude they were the last time I was there, I hope they stay closed for a while!

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