MISSOULA, MT — The Gallatin City-County Health Department says there is no longer an imminent health hazard preventing Dave’s Sushi from reopening and rescinded its closure order.
Dave’s Sushi in Bozeman received orders to close after numerous customers developed severe illnesses leading to hospitalizations. Two deaths are also under investigation for a possible link to the outbreak.
The health department collected food samples from the establishment, including salmon and morel mushrooms.
After analysis, the health department confirmed all the samples came back negative for a series of pathogens and toxins.
The Centers for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and the Gallatin City-County Health Department are still conducting an ongoing investigation to identify the source of the outbreak.
A new health order requires specific corrective actions the restaurant will need to meet before it can reopen.
Corrective actions include providing the health department with specific standard operating procedures, including procedures for addressing biological toxins. Other actions include mandatory staff training for all food handlers and management staff, providing the names of the staff member(s) who have supervisory and management authority to the Health Department, successfully passing required inspections and providing a fresh food inventory.
According to the Health Department, preliminary analysis strongly suggests morel mushrooms are what caused the outbreak. Dave’s Sushi removed and discarded all morel mushrooms.
You can read the Health Department's full press release here.