Salmonella Outbreak Affects Subway Restaurants
Restaurant giant Subway has reported a significant decline in sales after hundreds of customers have been infected with salmonella which is a food-borne disease caused by eating foods contaminated with animal and human feces.
Majority of Subway restaurants have reported at least a 30 percent decrease in sales after hundreds of customers have been infected with salmonella caused by tainted vegetables sold by some branches in Illinois.
According to report, Subway franchisees said the salmonella outbreak has “adversely affect the financial viability” of their restaurants despite previous attempts to mend its reputation to US customers.
The salmonella outbreak, which is caused by eating foods contaminated with animal and human feces, was first reported in June 3 after dozens of Subway customers have been hospitalized due to the food-borne disease. According to Department of Public Health spokesperson Melaney Arnold, the outbreak has affected at least 102 people from Illinois to this date.
Meanwhile, Arnold said the reported victims may not represent the real number of those who were affected by the outbreak as statistics shows that for every salmonella case, there can be at least 38 incidents which have not been reported.
In an effort to protect its public image and avoid costly lawsuits, the restaurant giant has agreed to discard all its produce including tomatoes, red onions, green peppers, lettuce, and other basic ingredients used in its sandwiches.
But despite its attempt to fix its public image, the company’s sales has significantly plummeted which has forced some owners to reduce the working hours of their employees in order to compensate their losses.
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