The Chicago Department of Health is investigating nine confirmed cases of salmonella bacteria after 120 attendees at the Taste of Chicago Food Festival became sick. The culprit is believed to be tainted hummus.
Chicago officials traced the salmonella outbreak to the Pars Cove Persian Cuisine Restaurant where hummus has been removed from the menu. The owners are cooperating with the health department.
This is not the first outbreak that has occurred at a food festival. In 2001, 300 people became ill at an avocado food festival in California.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are over one million reported cases of salmonella poisoning each year.