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Restaurant’s Health Permit Restored After E. Coli Outbreak

KCAL SANTA ANA reported that:

The health permit of a Lake Forest eatery linked to an E. coli infection outbreak, which affected 14 customers and one employee, was reinstated Thursday. The Foothill Ranch restaurant voluntarily closed on April 6, after reports that several people who ate at the restaurant from March 23-25 reported getting sick, including two children who were hospitalized.  The permit was reinstated after the restaurant completed four requirements:

1) cleaning and sanitizing all food contact surfaces in the facility,

2) screening all employees for the infection,

3) disposal of all unpackaged food items handled by employees prior to screening, and

4) restaurant employees have attended a food worker education class presented by HCA Environmental Health.

One wonders why these four items were not required BEFORE the E. coli outbreak?

  • Bob

    RE:”One wonders why these four items were not required BEFORE the E. coli outbreak?”
    From what I’ve been told:
    1)Cleaning and sanitizing of all food contact surfaces in the facility is required on a regular basis.
    2)The county does not have the resources to screen all food employees in the county for infection. It is up to the facility owner to remove sick people from work. If sick people are observed during an inspection they are removed by the inspector.
    3)Any food that is judged contaminated by the inspector is discarded during the inspection. It is up the the facility to do the right thing when the inspector is not there.
    4)By state law, every food facility is required to send at least one person to a food safety class. It is that person’s responsibility to educate the rest of the staff.