Health officials identify 6 more cases of E. coli possibly linked to Evergreens salads

SEATTLE -- Health officials said Friday that the number of E. coli cases possibly linked to Evergreen Salads has nearly doubled.

Seattle-King County Public Health is investigating an outbreak of E. coli cases possibly connected to six of the restaurants since November.

Health officials have learned of 13 cases of this strain of E. coli, with all but one of those having eaten at an Evergreens location between Nov. 5-11, 2019.

Officials say the E. coli strain associated with this string of illnesses is different from the nationwide outbreak tied to romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, Calif.

The Evergreens restaurants associated with this outbreak are:

    Three people were admitted to the hospital but have since been released.

    Evergreens issued the following statement last month:

    Food safety is our top priority. We work every day using best practices so the food in our restaurants is safe and healthy. We have been in close contact with the health department and continue to cooperate fully to learn more about the source of the issue.

    The company has provided a hotline for any customers with concerns about E. coli at (877) 394-4146.