Health officials allow New Jersey restaurant to reopen amid unresolved foodborne illness outbreak
County health officials have allowed Roma Pizza and Stellato Ristorante located in the Berlin Township to reopen while an investigation into an unresolved foodborne illness outbreak continues. Sources say that nearly 150 people were sickened due to an as-yet-unidentified pathogen.
Among those who became ill were 97 Waterford Township School District teachers and staff who ate lunch that was catered by the restaurant. The district’s superintendent, Brenda Harring, sent a message to parents explaining that nearly 60 percent of the school’s staff members who attended the luncheon were ill and working toward recovery. Because so many staff members were ill, the school moved to an asynchronous day of instruction to maintain adequate staff levels.
Officials at the Camden County Department of Health say the illness is highly contagious as other clusters of illness linked to the restaurant have been reported. A total of 147 cases traced to the restaurant have been identified so far.
Under the direction of county health inspectors, the restaurant shut down for a complete deep clean and sanitation. The restaurant remained closed as an investigation was conducted, and was allowed to reopen only after correcting all issues identified and requested by the department of health.
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