Seattle public health officials are investigating two more E. coli cases, but these new cases do not appear linked to The Matador restaurant. One King County resident and another person were apparently sickened with E. coli O157:H7 after eating at Memo’s Mexican Food Restaurant in the city’s University District on Aug. 18 and Aug. 24, respectively. They have since recovered. Memo's logoAfter learning about the two illnesses on Aug. 31, Public Health — Seattle & King County inspected Memo’s. However, the identified violations were corrected, so the officials allowed the restaurant to continue operating. “Our Environmental Health team performed a field investigation of the restaurant on 9/12/16 and identified factors that may have contributed to this foodborne illness outbreak, including improper cooling, cold holding, reheating of potentially hazardous food and the potential for cross contamination,” according to a statement posted Wednesday by Public Health — Seattle & King County. “Because the violations were corrected while the inspectors were on site and there was not a concern for ongoing risk of foodborne illness to the public, the restaurant was not closed,” the statement continued, adding that inspectors planned to return to Memo’s within two weeks to make sure compliance is continuing. Officials found that the genetic fingerprint of the E. coli strain linked to Memo’s was not the same strain as the one being linked to The Matador, which has been temporarily closed since Sept. 9. According to the most recent public health update on Sept. 12, there are now 10 Shiga toxin-producing (STEC) E. coli cases being investigated in association with The Matador. Meanwhile, anyone who has eaten at Memo’s and developed diarrhea within 10 days and anyone who develops bloody diarrhea is being encouraged to consult with their healthcare provider to determine if testing is necessary. (To sign up for a free subscription to Food Safety News, click here.)