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The number of people that have reported falling ill after eating at the Pars Cove restaurant booth at the Taste of Chicago has now risen to 717. The restaurant served a hummus salad that had been tainted with Salmonella. The number of confirmed food poisoning cases is now 116.

Pars Cove, a Persian restaurant that describes itself on its Web site as “the place where health and cost consciousness meet”, served up a tainted salad at the Taste of Chicago Food Festival that has been linked to the salmonella outbreak. The dish, called a Shirazi Salad contains “diced tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and herbs in a fresh lemon virgin olive oil,” according to the online version of Pars Cove’s menu. Previous reports indicated that hummus was also served with the salad and could have been a potential source of the salmonella.

Health officials have yet to pinpoint the exact source of the salmonella bacteria, but have thoroughly inspected Pars Cove Restaurant and administered stool tests for the presence of salmonella to all employees, the Department of Health said last week.

The Tast of Chicago is held at the beginning of July. This is the first time in 20 years that they have experienced a food poisoning outbreak.

For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Defective and Dangerous Products.

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