Cases of acute intestinal infection among visitors to the M-Burger cafe in Dalnerechensk are caused by the salmonella bacterium, which causes the disease salmonellosis. Between February 5 and February 10, 2024, 22 visitors to a local cafe “with signs of acute intestinal infection” were hospitalized in the infectious diseases department of the Dalnerechensk city hospital.
“During research using the molecular genetic method in the laboratory of the Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology in the Primorsky Territory, salmonella was isolated from material from sick individuals,”— reported Department of Rospotrebnadzor for the Primorsky Territory.
According to the department, numerous violations were detected in the cafe, “including the lack of shipping documentation for food raw materials confirming the compliance of food products with mandatory requirements; the flow and sequence of technological processes ensuring biological safety were not observed.” In addition, M-Burger personnel do not have information about undergoing preliminary and periodic medical examinations, as well as professional hygienic training and certification.
The day before, the Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee for the Primorsky Territory excited a criminal case on the grounds of a crime under Part 1 of Art. 238 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (provision of services that do not meet the requirements for the safety of life or health of consumers). According to investigators, people were poisoned “as a result of non-compliance with sanitary and epidemiological requirements for the production of food products and the provision of services in the fast food industry.”
The activities of the M-Burger cafe have been suspended.