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DELI COLESLAW TIED TO OUTBREAK OF HEPATITIS

Coleslaw from a suburban deli caused a hepatitis outbreak in Michigan that killed a 67-year-old man and made 42 other people ill, officials said Tuesday.

It was unclear how the hepatitis A virus got into the coleslaw at the Stage and Co. Deli in West Bloomfield Township, but health investigators said there was no threat of new infections.

The 43 confirmed cases of the disease stemmed from exposure to the virus in August.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said the deli's owners had cooperated freely with investigators. To prove that the eatery is now safe, he plans to take his staff there for dinner tonight, he added.

The Stage and Co. Deli, a Detroit-area institution for 35 years, is not affiliated with New York's popular Stage Delicatessen.

Stage and Co. owner Steven Goldberg said the coleslaw had been made with purchased shredded cabbage and a sauce prepared in the deli's kitchen.

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