Salmonella Outbreak Across Georgia Linked To Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich
Over the past week, social media users have been going nuts over the latest craze for the Popeye’s chicken sandwich. Although not a new menu item, somehow the sandwich has become a popular food item choice and many have been flocking to the chicken restaurant to get their hands on the sandwich. Since the sandwich has gained popularity, it is also believed to be a source of a major salmonella outbreak in the state of Georgia.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that more than 400 cases of salmonella infections in less than a week. Of the 439 persons affected, there have been 17 deaths confirmed. Each person that was infected with the bacterial disease have all confirmed that they all had consumed Popeye’s within 1-2 days of becoming ill. With such a vast amount of people infected after consuming the chicken from various Popeye’s locations across the state of Georgia, the FDA and the Georgia State Department of Health have begun conducting investigations.
So far, Popeye’s has not made comments regarding the salmonella outbreak in the state of Georgia. The chicken chain has continued to sell the sandwich, despite the advice of the Georgia State Department of Health. Until the investigations are completed, Popeye’s will continue to offer its customers the sandwich. The CDC, located in Atlanta, is certain that Popeye’s is the source of the salmonella outbreak since every single person consumed the sandwich, however it is protocol for CDC and Georgia State Department of Health to conduct investigations.