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Two Seattle area restaurants named in norovirus outbreaks

Public Health in King County (Seattle), WA, suspects norovirus caused gastroenteritis at two local restaurants, which are some distance apart and separately owned. Eight customers of a Normandy Park Subway restaurant are suffering from vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea. On Oct. 25, Public Health learned of eight people from two separate groups who became ill after… Continue Reading

Diners suffer cramps, diarrhea after eating in Seattle restaurant

A Mexican restaurant on Seattle’s Capitol Hill is under investigation by King County Public Health over a cluster of suspected cases of the bacterial toxins, Bacillus cereus or Clostridium perfringens. Both cause gastroenteritis with abdominal cramps and diarrhea. The health department says four people were sickened after dining at Rancho Bravo Tacos at 1001 East… Continue Reading

Norovirus-contaminated oysters sicken hundreds in Canada, USA

Consumption of raw or undercooked oysters from British Columbia is blamed for 321 cases of norovirus gastroenteritis in three Canadian provinces, according to an updated report from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), released March 27. The outbreak, which has affected residents of British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, began in December 2016 and is… Continue Reading

Update: 9 Confirmed, 1 Probable Case in Seattle E. Coli Outbreak

Update: The E. coli O157 outbreak in the Seattle area linked to Mexican food served at farmers markets and from food trucks is now at nine confirmed and one probable case, according to King County Public Health. The source of the problem has not yet been found. Hilary Karasz, a spokeswoman for the department, told Food… Continue Reading

Seattle’s King County Venturing into Uncharted Territory with New Restaurant Grading System

When Sarah Schacht walked through the doors of an Ethiopian restaurant in Seattle in February 2013 to grab a meal with a friend, the only accessible information she had about the place was its Yelp score: It had the highest-rated Ethiopian cuisine in the city. What Schacht didn’t know was that the restaurant, Ambassel, also… Continue Reading

Seattle and King County Plan to Publicly Post Restaurant Inspection Scores

Due to increasing consumer interest, made even more evident by 2,000 signatures on an online petition, Public Health – Seattle & King County is developing a system for publicly posting restaurant inspection scores that could be up and running by the end of next year. Mark Rowe, manager of Seattle and King County’s food protection… Continue Reading