Not even the national Food Safety Summit is immune from food poisoning. More than 100 people who attended the meeting earlier this month in Baltimore were stricken by a possible outbreak of gastroenteritis that left attendees suffering terrible bouts of diarrhea and nausea, reports NBC News.
The conference was attended by 1,300 of the nation's "top food safety officials" including employees from the Food and Drug Administration, McDonald's, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of those sickened might be even larger than the reported 100, since event organizers have only heard back from a third of those who attended.
"We are working on evaluating possible exposures and doing testing at the Maryland state public health laboratory to attempt to identify an agent," officials said in a letter addressed to attendees.