Last week it was reported that a group of 36 people ate at one of the Gyukaku yakiniku restaurants on May 6 and 20 people later reported symptoms consistent withE. colicontamination. REINS International, the company that operates the yakiniku chain, subsequently reported the cause of the illness wasE. coliO157.
Following a thorough inspection, the Toyama Prefecture health authorities have confirmed that imported Australian beef was not the source of an incident ofE. colion May 6 at a BBQ restaurant chain outlet in Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture, Japan. The authorities continue to investigate other food consumed by the affected customers.