The city is one of the worst food-borne outbreaks in the US, with more than 8,000 people hospitalized since November, with 1,500 of those being hospitalized in Manhattan alone.
The New York Times reports that the City of Hope, which operates two restaurants in Manhattan and two in Brooklyn, has received an outbreak notification for a variety of bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella.
The city has already received an additional 5,500 cases, with the majority of them in Queens, according to the Times.
The City of Harlem is the worst hit, with over 2,000 cases reported, and a further 400 reported in Brooklyn.
New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Richard L. Frieden says the city has also been receiving a significant number of cases of salmonellosis and E.coli in New Yorkers.
“The numbers we’ve been receiving are more than twice as high as what we were getting in the early stages,” Frieden said.
“We’ve been reporting more than 300 cases, which is nearly five times the number of people that we were seeing in the city in late September and early October,” Friedens spokesperson Mary Ann Schieber told The Times.
“So we’re not out of the woods yet.”
However, the city’s food safety protocols are not yet in place.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently working on guidelines for the food supply and distribution.
In a statement, the FDA said that it is “looking at the best practices in food handling, labeling and distribution for our food supply” in order to ensure that the food safety of our consumers is protected.”FDA will continue to closely monitor the situation and make recommendations as needed,” the statement said.