Grand Rapids Investigating Reports of Possible Food Contamination at Arena | Athletic Business

Grand Rapids Investigating Reports of Possible Food Contamination at Arena

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The Kent County (Mich.) Health Department is investigating three reports of people who say they became sick after attending a Grand Rapids Griffins game at Van Andel Arena on Sunday. 

"We all split two things; it was a hamburger basket so it was hamburger and fries and then chicken strips and fries," Kathryn Clare Drye told the local ABC affiliate

Dyre said her husband also got sick after they arrived home around 10 p.m. By 11 p.m. her husband was in the bathroom with diarrhea and vomiting. 

"I thought I must have got sick or something like stomach flu from work or whatever because I stay at home so I'm not out that often and within like probably three hours I was like 'oh man, I don't feel good.'"

The next day, Drye's daughter became ill and began vomiting. 

In a statement, Steve Kelso, with the Kent County Health Department said:

“The Kent County Health Department receives illness complaints regularly. Each complaint is investigated thoroughly in an attempt to determine what has caused the illness. When those investigations identify an outbreak and/or information that is valuable for the protection of public health the Kent County Health Department shares that information.”

Drye said she posted her experience to the Grand Rapids Facebook page and heard from nearly a dozen other women who said they'd also been sickened at the arena. 

"The food wasn't right to me, I feel like it didn't taste like it's normal, like quality food," Drye said. "I've never gotten sick from eating there before."

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