Officials have confirmed an outbreak of salmonella poisoning at a high-security federal prison in northeastern Pennsylvania that sickened more than 300 inmates and staff who ate tainted chicken last month.
Lamine N'diaye, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons northeast regional office, said the kitchen at the U.S. Penitentiary-Canaan in Waymart had been closed down as a precaution for cleaning, but reopened Wednesday after a bureau inspector deemed it safe.
N'diaye told The Associated Press that "tainted chicken" served in fajitas on June 25 has been confirmed as the cause of the outbreak at the prison 135 miles north of Philadelphia. But N'diaye and Russell Reuthe, the prison's human resources manager, said officials can't comment on who supplied the chicken, where and how in the supply chain it became tainted. Those details are being gathered for an "after action" report on the incident, they said. More PrisonerPal.com True Crime Today Magazine Subscriptions for Prisoners since 1975