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Clover temporarily closes restaurant, food truck locations over salmonella concerns

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  July 15, 2013 11:41 AM

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Cambridge-based Clover Food Labs closed its restaurants and food truck locations over the weekend after learning that some confirmed cases of a recent salmonella outbreak ate at Clover over the leading up to their illnesses.

"This is something we take very seriously," Clover founder and CEO Ayr Muir wrote on the company's webpage Saturday. "Clover has never been responsible for any food poisoning or food borne illness that we know of. That’s because we operate clean and take this sort of thing really really seriously."

Muir said the state is currently investigating the outbreak and does not yet know the source of the salmonella. The most recent case of salmonella the state is aware of is from June 27, according to Muir. Muir decided to close Clover's four restaurants in the Boston area and its multiple food truck locations until further notice as a precaution.

"We don’t want even the chance to creating illness, so we thought it best to close our operations until we know more," Muir wrote. "As a precaution the management team is scouring every surface of every operation."

While closed, employees are cleaning the restaurants and trucks, ingredients and suppliers and being examined, and employees are being tested for salmonella, Muir said. No Clover employee who tastes food before it is served has gotten sick, he said.

"We sanitize surfaces throughout the day and clean every location thoroughly a couple times a day. But we’re taking this chance to do a super deep spring cleaning of everything. It’s been a good bonding experience,'' he wrote.

Muir said he has has asked the state to keep him informed as its investigation continues. Clover will be "extra careful" and not open any location until it learns more, he said.

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