ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Items purchased at Schnucks salad bars appear to be the source of an E. Coli outbreak that has sickened dozens region wide , according to a preliminary study conducted by the St. Louis County Health Department.

“The majority of the cases so far, people went to different Schnucks stores and purchased items off their salad bars,” said St. Louis County health department spokesman John Shelton.

The latest numbers show 41 cases region wide , including 26 in St. Louis County.  No one has died and Shelton says none of the illnesses appears to be life threatening.

Investigators with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta are helping with the investigation.   The patients range in age from one year old to 94, Shelton said.

Last week Schnucks voluntarily pulled product from its salad bars.

The grocery store, which operate 66 stores in the region, said in a news  release that it is not surprising that its stores were mentioned by patients given that it is the largest grocery store company here and “is the dominant salad bar operator in the St. Louis metropolitan area.”

Schnucks also claims the chain has not been identified as the source of the E. coli outbreak and not all of the patients interviewed had eaten at a Schnucks salad bar. The release went on to say “to date no tests taken from Schnucks stores have come back positive for E. coli and no original source has been pinpointed.”

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