KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- Cabarrus County health workers say they tracked down the cause of illness tied to a church barbecue.

Cabarrus Health Alliance found the Brunswick stew served at Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church on Nov. 1 tested positive for c. perfringens. They say it's a common cause for food poisoning when foods are prepared in large quantities and kept warm for a long time before serving.

Symptoms include diarrhea and abdominal cramps that last for less than 24 hours.

Samples of barbecue pork, cole slaw and barbecue sauce were also tested.


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