After multiple reports of food poisoning Cabarrus Health Alliance invested a local church barbeque.
CHA received test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after several people reported illnesses after a church BBQ held on November 1, 2018. Food samples from the Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church BBQ were tested to identify potential cause for illness. C. perfringens was found present in one of the tested dishes.
The four food items tested were barbecue pork, Brunswick stew, cole slaw and barbecue sauce, only the Brunswick stew returned with reported of C. perfringens. C. perfringens symptoms are diarrhea and abdominal cramps within 8 to 12 hours of consumption.
CHA is asking everyone to dispose of all leftovers and additional food obtained from the BBQ due to risk of cross-contamination.