Food poisoning strikes 100 participants in Baltimore Food Safety Summit

More than 100 people have now reported they got sick with suspected food poisoning at a national Food Safety Summit held earlier this month in Baltimore.

Maryland state health officials say they still don’t know what caused the outbreak of gastroenteritis that left participants suffering symptoms that included diarrhea and nausea.

“We are working on evaluating possible exposures and doing testing at the Maryland state public health laboratory to attempt to identify an agent,” officials said in a letter to attendees.

The conference, held April 8 to 10 at the Baltimore Convention Center, attracted at least 1,300 of the top food safety officials in the nation, including staff from federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as businesses such as McDonald’s, Tyson and ConAgra Foods.

Health officials have heard back from about 400 of those who attended, so the actual toll of illness might be higher.

City health officials inspected the convention center and its food service provider, Centerplate. The company was issued a violation notice for condensation dripping from one of the two ice machines in the kitchen, a spokesman said.

Thanks to Ray Gaudette for bringing this to the attention of the It’s Interesting community.

French runner Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbab shoves 14 year old girl dressed as mascot after winning gold medal in 3000 metre steeplechase

French athlete Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad has gained track and field infamy  in the lead-up to the London Olympics.

The 27-year-old had just won gold in the European Championship’s 3000 metre  steeplechase in Helsinki on Sunday when audience cheers quickly subsided into  shock over his subsequent actions.

Rather than appearing happy about his 8.33.23-minute victory, the  Algerian-born athlete walked over to the championship’s mascot “Appy”, which was  being worn by a 14-year-old girl, and smacked a gift bag out of her hands and  shoved her with both hands.

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