How the CDC has been trying to prevent unhygienic conditions at big events

Written by By Elizabeth Donovan, CNN

After a series of high-profile incidents of food poisoning at large-scale events, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says it has learned its lesson, now “attempting to prevent unhygienic conditions.”

In an interview with the Michigan Daily , CDC spokesman Michael Bellin told the University newspaper that the agency was conducting an investigation at the University of Michigan this week, following a student death and several foodborne illnesses after a rowdy reception party.

“When we take on a high-profile situation like the event you were talking about, we want to learn from it,” Bellin said. “And we hope that it will spur better practices for event organizers who can prevent foodborne illness from happening.”

Bellin said that since 2015 the CDC has tried to encourage “better food safety practices” for live events. He acknowledged that much of the food preparation for such events “lacks adequate resources or adequate training,” but he said that the agency is “moving towards recommending that an event coordinator should consider taking the backup plan of having a locally-trained dishwasher.”

It was also discovered that not all of the food was correctly labeled, leaving the concentration of bacteria in the tainted food unclear.

All up at U of M?

The students got an extreme cocktail at Michigan during the Wisconsin Rebellion in 2015. Credit: John Montini/Getty Images North America/Getty Images

A student who was hospitalized after attending a reception party at the University of Michigan died Monday night, according to the Michigan Daily, which cited university officials. The university declined to comment further to CNN.

“I’m really impressed with the fact that (we) learned from our mistakes,” said Michigan undergraduate Cassandra Ross, 19, who went to the University of Michigan during the Wisconsin Rebellion after it, too, was shut down.

Recovery from an infection after the Wisconsin Rebellion was too costly for some students to continue attending classes. Credit: John Montini/Getty Images North America/Getty Images

“But that’s probably the biggest (concern),” she added. “How are you supposed to prepare food if it doesn’t have a label? There was a chicken salad. It just wasn’t labeled.”

Students attending the university now think the college should have better prepared food. Credit: Zack Yeager/Getty Images North America/Getty Images

“We need food police!” Ross said.

Recovery from infection after the Wisconsin Rebellion was too costly for some students to continue attending classes.

“Not only is it expensive to go to college and take classes, it’s expensive to recover from infections like this,” said college senior Zack Yeager, 18.

“After having somebody get food poisoning and have to go through medical bills, you might not be able to go back to school,” he added.

Two years after the Wisconsin Rebellion was cancelled due to the bacteria, students vowed to organize a political event of their own. Credit: Kevin Lilley/Getty Images North America/Getty Images

The Wisconsin Rebellion was an annual convention where student activists paid to attend local rallies and participate in a festival that included music, dance and a “Michigan spirit drink” competition.

Two years after the Wisconsin Rebellion was cancelled due to the bacteria, students vowed to organize a political event of their own. In 2017, the event was held at Michigan and was expected to attract a larger audience.

There was no word about when the upcoming event was slated to take place.

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