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Japan Gyukaku Restaurant Chain Beef 2011

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was associated with eating at the Gyukaku restaurant chain, in Toyama prefecture, Japan, on May 6. The restaurant is a Korean-style barbeque restaurant. It was speculated that diners used the same chopsticks to cook raw meat slices and then to eat them. The restaurant blamed Australian meat imports for the outbreak, however the public health inspection of the restaurant failed to find E. coli bacteria. This outbreak was the second E. coli outbreak in Japan associated with raw beef consumption since April; the first outbreak was caused by E. coli O111 and was also associated with a Korean-style barbeque restaurant chain.

  • Outbreak began:
  • May 2011
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Not Applicable
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Beef
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 20
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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