The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre is continuing to investigate the cause of suspected salmonella following the hospitalisation of more than 20 attendees at a Department of Education and Training conference in late February.

Widely reported in Queensland media, around 180 school principals attending the conference contracted food poisoning.

In a statement last week Queensland Health said the number of people who have fallen sick with salmonella in Queensland this year is more than double the average.

BCEC general manager, Bob O’Keeffe said a full investigation into the cause of the suspected salmonella outbreak was continuing.

“The wellbeing of our patrons is of paramount importance. Our rigorous food safety standards meet industry best practice and we source local produce at every opportunity,” he said.

While there has been no confirmation of the source of the outbreak it is believed that it may have stemmed from eggs.

Queensland Health reports that there has generally been a greater use of raw eggs in restaurants and at home in the preparation of various meals, and an increase in salmonella nationally.

Mr O’Keeffe said as a precautionary measure the BCEC had suspended the supply of fresh eggs and poultry products while they await the results of the Queensland Health investigation.