pickles.jpgAccording to press reports, contaminated pickles have been linked by the Cook County Illinois Department of Public Health to an outbreak of Salmonella poisoning (no serotype announced).

According to public health officials, six confirmed cases of Salmonella have been linked to pickles purchased from the Assi Market in the Chicago suburb of Niles. Five people have been hospitalized.

Health department officials say all confirmed victims of salmonella poisoning reported eating pickles made at the market and sold in plastic bags between July 25 and July 27, with an Aug. 24 sell-by date.