USA – Bacterial Outbreak Associated With Xi’an Noodles in Seattle Sickens Three

Food Poisoning Bulletin

Three people are sick after a bacterial toxin is associated with Xi’an Noodles restaurant in Seattle, Washington. None of the patients have been hospitalized. The people ate at that restaurant on December 21, 2018.

The press release states that symptoms and timing suggest that a bacterial toxin is responsible for the illnesses, such as Clostridium perfringens or Bacillus cereus. The exact food or beverage served at Xi’an Noodles that caused the illness has not yet been identified.

Environmental Health investigators were at the restaurant on December 31, 2018. Earlier food safety inspections and the current rating for the restaurant were good.

Investigators looked for potential risk factors, including lack of thermometer use, incorrect cooling of foods that can be dangerous, and improper storage of foods at room temperature.

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