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Meals on Wheels delivers deadly salmonella outbreak

NILLUMBIK Council will consider ditching its meals on wheels arrangement with Moreland Council following a salmonella outbreak linked to the service in which one person died and another 13 were hit with severe food poisoning.

At a meeting last week, councillors voted to receive a report on the salmonella incident, including other food options for the 50 Nillumbik residents who receive the meals on wheels service.

The council has had a contract with Moreland Council’s food services for the provision of meals on wheels for Nillumbik clients since 2011.

Cr Bruce Ranken said the council had to reconsider its food service options in light of December’s outbreak.

Cr Ranken said, “the health and wellbeing of our community is paramount and council is taking decisive action immediately.”

The Department of Health received a number of notifications of gastro cases across Melbourne’s north throughout early and mid-December.

Department spokesman Graeme Walker said Moreland Council’s delivered meals service was the common source of the outbreak.

“Through thorough detective work we could confirm a common source,” Mr Walker said.

Moreland Council’s social development director Arden Joseph said the council had been advised by the department that 14 people had become ill, including a 91-year-old woman who died in late December.

According to community services portfolio chair Cr Jane Ashton, at least one of the people who became ill was from Nillumbik. The woman who died was not from Nillumbik. Mr Joseph said the council was awaiting a final report from the department about the cause, as there was not yet "conclusive evidence" linking the meal delivery service.

Leader Community News

8 February 2017