Regina restaurant closes its doors after E. coli concerns Read it on Global News: Global Regina | Regina restaurant closes its doors after E. coli concerns

Shawn Knox with files from Tom Vernon, Global News : Tuesday, October 02, 2012 6:28 PM

Regina’s Flip Eatery & Drink restaurant has voluntarily closed its doors after five of its customers tested positive for E. coli.

“We all decided that it was in the best interest in the middle of this investigation to close the doors to see that we can execute and finalize the investigation in a timely manner,” said one of the restaurant’s owners Timothy Martin.

The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region is investigating, and says all possible contamination scenarios are on the table.

“Since we’ve become aware of this situation we’ve done two follow-up inspections, and once again we do not have any concerns about critical issues identified in this restaurant,” said Tania Diener, the Medical Health Officer with Population and Public Services with the health region.

In total, Saskatchewan saw 13 cases of E. coli in September, and at least two of the cases are believed to be tied to the beef recall from the XL Foods plant in Brooks, Alberta.

Food safety expert and researcher Chris Yost, who is also an Associate Professor in the biology department at the University of Regina, says this outbreak shows there are always improvements to be made to Canada’s food system.

“When a recall happens there’s a good opportunity ask the questions, what don’t we know? What aren’t we doing? What could we be doing better?” said Yost.  “Research plays a role in that, education plays a role in that and the government plays a role in that.”

Health officials say what’s most important for consumers right now is to keep a close eye on the recall list, and if you have any tainted products, to either throw them away or take them back to the store.

“We shouldn’t just think of one restaurant in this case,” said Diener. “We have a national beef recall, we all might have products in our fridges and freezers.”

While the owners at Flip Eatery & Drink still don’t know what caused the E. Coli outbreak in their restaurant, they believe they made the right call to close their doors until they get the all clear.

“Keep safety at the forefront here, that’s our biggest concern,” Martin said.

© Global News. A division of Shaw Media Inc., 2012

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