Seasons on the Pond Salmonella Outbreak LawsuitIn 2003, the Routt County Environmental Health Department (RCEH) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) investigated a Salmonella outbreak among customers of Seasons on the Pond restaurant in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Through the joint Salmonella outbreak investigation, RCEH and CDPHE counted 51 people who had become ill with Salmonella infections after consuming food prepared at Seasons on the Pond; three were hospitalized.
The results of a case-control study indicated that ill individuals were more likely to have consumed fruit salad than controls, and the possibility that the fruit had been contaminated before it arrived at the restaurant was investigated but was ultimately ruled out.
Results of stool samples tested by RCEH and CDPHE revealed that nine Seasons on the Pond employees were positive for Salmonella. In addition, five other restaurant employees reportedly experienced symptoms of Salmonella. Outbreak investigators concluded that an ill food worker employed by Seasons on the Pond restaurant was the most likely source of the outbreak.
Marler Clark represented a woman who became severely ill and was hospitalized with a Salmonella infection after eating at Seasons on the Pond. Her claim was resolved in early 2004.