Stanford's Restaurant & Bar
Foodborne illness outbreak investigation summary
Posted March 15, 2016
Public Health investigated an outbreak of gastroenteritis with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps associated with Stanford's Restaurant & Bar, 17380 Southcenter Parkway, Tukwila 98188. Two people from separate meal parties became ill after eating at the restaurant between 2/14/16 and 2/18/16; neither were hospitalized. Symptoms and timing of illness onset suggested that the cause of the illness was a bacterial toxin. No tests were done with the two ill people to confirm which pathogen caused the illness: bacterial toxin illnesses are typically short-lived and by the time people seek care – if they do at all – it has been too long from exposure to test. Commonly consumed food items that may have caused the illnesses include dishes containing meat, which is frequently associated with the bacterial toxins in question.
Public Health received the first report of illness 2/16/16. On 2/19/16, a second person reported becoming ill from the same venue. Public Health performed a field investigation of the restaurant on 2/26/16. During this investigation, inspectors ensured that no suspect food remained in the restaurant. Inspectors also identified factors that may have contributed to this foodborne illness outbreak, including room temperature storage of potentially hazardous food, inadequate hand washing, & cross contamination. A return inspection on 3/3/16 found that all violations were corrected.