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E. coli, Salmonella and Buffet Salad Bars – UPDATE

Since the news first broke of E. coli illnesses tied to an Orange County buffet-type restaurant, we have received several calls from folks who believe that they have been sickened.  We are investigating those claims.

When I first heard about an E. coli outbreak tied to a buffet-restaurant, I must admit I was not too surprised – foodborne illness outbreaks certainly have been tied to buffets and salad bars over the years.  A few cases we have done:

E. coli

China Buffet
Finley School District
Gold Coast Produce
King Garden
Olive Garden


Brook-Lea Country Club
Golden Corral
Linh’s Bakery
Old South Restaurant
Western Sizzlin’
Wyndham Anatole Hotel

Nancy Luna and Blythe Bernard of the Orange County Register are continuing to follow the E. coli outbreak tied to the restaurant.

No new cases yet reported in E Coli outbreak – But local health officials aren’t ruling out possibility of finding more victims.

Orange County health authorities confirmed that the diners tested positive for E. coli O157:H7, the same deadly strain that recently sickened hundreds of consumers in a string of outbreaks around the country. Orange County Health Care Agency officials said Tuesday that all seven customers so far identified as having E Coli ate at the Towne Center Drive restaurant on March 23 or March 24. Though the investigation is ongoing, the outbreak is expected to be one of the largest ever in Orange County. The seven people who contracted food poisoning are recovering, local health authorities said today. The group includes six children and a person in his or her 70s. Three of the ill people had to be hospitalized.