By: Candess Zona-Mendola of MakeFoodSafe.com

In breaking news, three people have confirmed E. coli O157:H7 illnesses linked to a Red Robin restaurant in Westminster, Colorado. Two of these cases are children, and two people have been hospitalized as a result of their E. coli infections. 

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As of now, the restaurant has been closed and will remain so until a thorough cleaning and sanitization has been completed. On Tuesday, the local health agency conducted an environmental inspection of the restaurant and found several food safety violations. These included: 

  • improper employee washing of hands,
  • improper cleaning and sanitizing of food preparation surfaces, and
  • cross contamination between raw meats and other prepared foods

The state and local health department is continuing to investigate the source of this outbreak. They have confirmed that the restaurant will not re-open until it has passed inspection, its employees have undergone testing, and that a complete sanitization has been done. In the meantime, there may be more E. coli illnesses that have not been linked to the outbreak.

Tri-County Health Department and the Colorado Department of Public Health urges people to contact their doctor or health care provider if they ate at this specific Red Robin restaurant since June 1, 2019, and developed diarrhea (especially bloody diarrhea), severe stomach pain, fever and vomiting within 10 days of eating at the restaurant.

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