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Anchovies are answer to EVOO illnesses

Posted May 27, 2009
Updated June 2, 2009

— An anchovies recall by a national restaurant food-supply company was prompted by the events at a popular Five Points restaurant April 17.

evoo Raleigh food sickness prompts national recall

Diners at EVOO, 2519 Fairview Road, experienced stomach cramps, vomiting and dizziness that evening. The source of the sickness was unclear, but incident reports showed all of the customers who became ill ate salads.

Dr. Lee-Ann Jaykus, a microbiologist at North Carolina State, said the people might have experienced histamine fish poisoning.

Five On Your Side helped the Wake County Health Department make the connection between a national recall of anchovies by Monarch Food Service and the symptoms reported at EVOO. The  anchovies contained a high level of histamines, which can cause fish poisoning.

Andre Pierce with the county health department said, "We believe it's related to the salad greens."

This finding is a source of relief for EVOO owner Robert Duffy. "The last 24 hours has been the biggest sigh of relief I think I've ever experienced in my ten years in the hospitality industry," he said.

Duffy feels he and his staff are now in the clear. "Hopefully, with this information, our customers will realize we didn't do anything or could have done anything to prevent it."

"I'm glad we finally have some answers to give them," he said. "And apologize that not only the restaurant but them as well (for) being victim of what turned into a national recall."

 

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  • Pseudonym May 28, 4:37 p.m.

    Is this restaurant's name pronounced Evoo as in rhymes with emu, or E-V-O-O as in Rachael Ray's nickname for extra virgin olive oil?

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT May 28, 1:41 p.m.

    TeresaHomeStagingExpert: "I am one of those people that LOVES anchovies I had some in my home made antipasta Saturday actually."

    'antipasta'? I'm a bigtime meat eater. So pasta is not my forte. So is 'antipasta' something that looks like pasta, but isn't? LOL

  • living the dream May 28, 12:29 p.m.

    I knew there was something "fishy" about this story !
    Hee Hee

  • clickclackity2 May 28, 12:17 p.m.

    ghimmy51...most of the time to get the real details or more details of any story on WRAL, you have to go to another news source to get the full picture or even a better picture.

  • IfByWhiskey-a-go-go May 28, 12:07 p.m.

    "Might"? What kind of reporting is this? Anchovies are not tuna. WRAL has taken 2 + 2 and gotten 5 here. How about a little JOURNALISM folks? This is rumor and speculation and has no place in news. It's irresponsible."

    Welcome to WRAL.com, LOL

  • TeresaBee May 28, 12:02 p.m.

    I am one of those people that LOVES anchovies I had some in my home made antipasta Saturday actually. Anchovies are also used in asian fish sause.

  • ghimmy51 May 28, 11:31 a.m.

    "Might"? What kind of reporting is this? Anchovies are not tuna. WRAL has taken 2 + 2 and gotten 5 here. How about a little JOURNALISM folks? This is rumor and speculation and has no place in news. It's irresponsible.

  • clickclackity2 May 28, 10:46 a.m.

    Whatever the cause...it was highly irresponsible to allow them to reopen without knowing the cause. And wow..now there has been a recall...who would've thought.

  • siglar34 May 28, 10:42 a.m.

    I was one of the people who got sick that night. My salad had no caesar dressing, just a lemon olive oil dressing. In fact, I had no fish at all.

  • gator nation gal May 28, 10:28 a.m.

    Worchestershire sauce contains anchovies. I use that quite a bit and I know that some BBQ sauces also contain worchestershire sauce.

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