Homegrown E. coli Outbreak
King County health officials have announced an E. coli (STEC) outbreak linked to multiple Homegrown restaurants. As of May 23, four people have tested positive for STEC after consuming food from three different Homegrown restaurants in King County, Washington: Redmond, Kirkland and Seattle (Westlake Ave) locations. All four ate the chicken pest sandwich.
Of the four ill, three are adults and one is a child. Illness onset dates range from April 24-May 6.
On May 24, health investigators visited the three Homegrown locations. During inspections, investigators reported had washing violations at two of the three locations and a cold holding temperature violation at one one location. Additionally, investigators are testing the various ingredients in the chicken pesto sandwich.
All three restaurants were required to complete a thorough cleaning and disinfection. Investigators returned to the restaurants on May 25 to confirm that the required cleaning was completed appropriately.
Of the four ill persons, three tested positive for STEC 026. This is the first time this genetic fingerprint has been seen in the United States.
Symptoms of E. coli include:
· Severe abdominal cramping
· Loss of appetite
· Diarrhea (often bloody)
If you start to experience symptoms, seek medical attention and contact the King County health department immediately (206) 296-4600.