Federico’s Mexican Restaurant has gotten a clean bill of health from Maricopa County after 79 customers at their Litchfield Park, AZ, location fell ill with E. coli O157:H7 in July. Over the course of the outbreak, nearly 30 people were hospitalized and two developed life-threatening hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). After reports of illness tied the restaurant to the outbreak in August, the restaurant voluntarily closed for three days to clean all surfaces and bring in new food. The county then performed a full inspection and passed the restaurant, allowing it to reopen on Aug. 5. A routine inspection on Sept. 5 recorded one violation. To encourage customers to return, Federico’s has announced that it will offer free breakfasts and dinners on Sept. 16 at all of its locations. And, in response to the impact E. coli can have on kidneys, the chain also plans to donate 20 percent of gross sales from Sept. 30 to the Arizona chapter of the National Kidney Foundation. The exact source of the illness at the Litchfield Park Federico’s has not been identified. Findings from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health report are not expected for several months. Food safety law firm Marler Clark has filed lawsuits on behalf of a number of Federico’s customers who fell ill in the outbreak, including two minors who were hospitalized and developed HUS. Marler Clark underwrites Food Safety News.