According to the Arkansas State Health Department dozens of employees at Walmart home office in Bentonville are overcoming an outbreak of Shigellosis. The Salsarita’s Restaurant at the Walmart Home Office Cafe is closed while the Arkansas Health Department works to figure out how people got sick with Shigella, a food-borne illness that causes stomach trouble. The health department conducted an inspection last Wednesday right after people started getting sick.
Inspectors found nine violations on that inspection. Of those nine violations, five were marked priority, meaning they were concerns that needed to be fixed fast.
Some violations included, employees not washing their hands or touching cooked food without wearing gloves.
The report said raw chicken had been dripping on bottled drinks.
A second inspection was done Monday. Inspectors found seven violations, some of them are the same.
The health department has planned a second follow-up inspection for next week.
The health department said they will be doing a follow-up inspection at the Walmart home office within the next few days.
The department also said it has confirmed 19 cases of Shigella and 139 probable cases.
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