Restaurant cleared to reopen after salmonella outbreak

Restaurant cleared to reopen after salmonella outbreak
The county public health department shut down the On the Border restaurant on Southeast 164th Avenue Tuesday in response to the outbreak. It was cleared to reopen on Oct. 14.

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Clark County health officials lifted the closure order for a restaurant that was linked to at least 23 confirmed salmonella cases and as many as 54 more.

On the Border Mexican Grill was closed on Oct. 9 to prevent salmonella from spreading after customers reported getting sick.

“We believe there is no longer a risk of salmonella transmission to the public,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County Health Officer. “All restaurant surfaces and equipment have been inspected, cleaned and sanitized, and all potentially contaminated foods have been removed.”

Melnick said restaurant employees have been tested for salmonella and those who did not have the infection were cleared to return to work.

It’s unclear what caused the outbreak.

The restaurant will reopen Monday at 4 p.m.

“At On The Border, we take the health and safety of our guests and employees very seriously,” said Tony Wehner, the restaurant's Senior Vice President of Operations. “We worked closely and cooperatively with the Clark County Public Health Department throughout this unfortunate and isolated situation.”

Salmonella, a common bacterial infection, is typically a food-borne illness acquired from contaminated raw poultry, eggs, and unpasteurized milk and cheese products, health officials said.

People infected with salmonella can pass it on to others if they don’t wash their hands, particularly after using the bathroom.