Mayuri operates several grocery stores, bakeries and restaurants throughout the Eastside (Photo courtesy of Facebook).

Bel-Red business closed amid foodborne illness investigation

  • Tue Nov 8th, 2016 11:16am
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A Bel-Red business has been closed as Public Health – Seattle and King County investigates a foodborne illness outbreak.

On Nov. 1, Public Health learned of an outbreak of gastroenteritis with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea associated with Redmond’s Mayuri Foods and Video at 2560 152nd Ave. NE and Mayuri Indian Cuisine at 2115 Bel-Red Road. Twelve people from a single party became ill after eating food from the vendors on Oct. 30.

“We do not have laboratory confirmation of the etiology, but symptoms are suggestive of norovirus. Often in norovirus outbreaks, no laboratory testing is done. Food came from both vendors, but the exact food item that caused the illnesses has not been identified. It is not uncommon for outbreaks of norovirus to have multiple food items contaminated,” according to a Public Health press release.

Both vendors are working cooperatively with Public Health. An inspection of Mayuri Foods and Video identified several factors that could have contributed to this outbreak, including failure to wash hands, inadequate handwashing facilities and inadequate sanitizing of dishes.

“We have suspended Mayuri Foods and Video’s permit as of Nov. 3 so that they may correct these issues and allow time for thorough cleaning and sanitizing,” the release continues.

Mayuri Indian Cuisine was also closed to allow them time for thorough cleaning and sanitizing even though Public Health did not identify any contributing factors at the time of its visit. As a whole, the company operates several grocery stores, bakeries and restaurants throughout the Eastside.

Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that is frequently spread person-to-person and is often associated with food. Learn more about norovirus at Public Health’s website.