Oklahoma eatery in E. coli outbreak to reopen

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma health officials and a restaurant at the center of this summer's deadly E. coli outbreak have signed an agreement to reopen the eatery.

The two-page document, obtained by The Associated Press through an open records request, lists several conditions that must be met before the Country Cottage restaurant in the small town of Locust Grove can reopen.

They include disconnecting a private well on the property in the northeastern corner of the state, allowing for environmental testing in the restaurant upon request and implementing a monitoring system for employee hand-washing.

The August outbreak became the largest in the nation's history for the rare E. coli strain O111, killing one Ardmore-born man and sickening more than 300 people. Investigators have yet to identify the exact cause of the outbreak.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Michael Location: Marietta on Nov 20, 2008 at 01:53 PM
    Fact is this could have been caused by a patron not washing thier hands. Its a buffet style restaurant so it was easy to spread from person to person. Annon from Ardmore, before you decide to close down the business you might consider the owners and the employees didn't set out to do this to the customers. Have you never made a mistake? You look down to answer your cell phone while driving and kill a family are you going to kill yourself or are you going to try to put your life back together? This is a terrible situation for everyone involved. There are lots of victims here and I believe that the business is one of them.
  • by Annon Location: Ardmore on Nov 20, 2008 at 11:03 AM
    WHY would ANYONE want to go there to eat after that? Just goes to show you that money buys b.s.! How many people do you have to kill before you get put out of business completely???? How many people has this affected? Boycot the restaurant!!!
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