SANTA FE – A Santa Fe diner until recently called Bad Ass Sandwich Shop has been cited by a state agency over a holiday lunch at the state Department of Health’s headquarters that left dozens of people suffering from food poisoning and with gastrointestinal symptoms.
The New Mexico Environment Department says it has served the downtown eatery – recently renamed Kick Ass Sandwich Shop, as the result of a legal dispute – with a notice of violation for not having a catering permit.
Paul Rhien, a spokesman for the Health Department, said Friday that epidemiology tests confirmed the contamination came from the restaurant’s food.
Shannon Quintana of Kick Ass Sandwich Shop couldn’t be reached for comment Friday. He told the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper that he didn’t cater the Dec. 14 lunch and that the Health Department had ordered food from Kick Ass to be served alongside other dishes brought by employees.
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