Food shortages have left Whole Foods in Houston, Texas, in the middle of a food poisoning epidemic.
The grocery chain said Monday it’s seeing food poisoning cases increase by 50% since January, with nearly half of those cases being among the homeless.
The chain reported the first food poisoning case in Houston since the pandemic began on January 1, 2017.
We have to be smart, and we have to have our employees prepared to respond to food safety issues.
But we also have to do what we can to get people back to work.
“We need to have employees that have some knowledge of how to respond when they see a foodborne illness, and that means taking precautions,” said Whole Foods spokesperson Jessica Schmieder.
The chain added that its “food safety teams are responding to these outbreaks, and will continue to do so. “
Whole Foods is working with health care professionals to ensure that our employees are trained in the proper response to foodborne illnesses.”
The chain added that its “food safety teams are responding to these outbreaks, and will continue to do so.
Our team is in close contact with the Health Department, and there is a trained response team in place to assist customers.”
The Houston Chronicle reported that the outbreak is affecting people who are homeless, the elderly, people with mental health issues, and people who work in the food service industry.
The chain has taken steps to address food safety and has opened a second facility at a food storage facility in Texas.
It has also added additional trained staff to its food safety team.
The Chronicle reported some of the workers have been trained to recognize foodborne infections.