Source: Good Food, May 15 - Tammy Mills and Cameron Houston.
'Good Food' reports, a Melbourne restaurant co-owned by MasterChef judge George Calombaris is at the centre of a food poisoning outbreak that has left several patrons seriously ill after a Mother’s Day luncheon.
Calombaris’ Hellenic Republic in Kew is being investigated by the Department of Health and the local council, after reports that at least two groups of diners fell sick on Sunday evening.
Boroondara Council community development director Carolyn McClean confirmed complaints of a ‘‘gastroenteritis outbreak’’ had been received.
‘‘An inspection of the premises was conducted by a council environmental health officer on Tuesday evening to obtain food samples and to ensure that appropriate infection control practices had been implemented,’’ Ms McClean said.
‘‘Faecal specimen collection kits have also been delivered to a number of the affected people to assist in investigating the outbreak.’’
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A Department of Health spokesman said they were notified on Tuesday afternoon and were awaiting sample results before a cause could be determined.The spokesman urged anyone who had fallen ill after eating at the Cotham Road restaurant on Sunday to seek medical attention.
A spokeswoman for Calombaris’ company, Made Establishment, said there was ‘‘no evidence as to the cause of this’’, but the restaurant was co-operating with council and health authorities.
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