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Published July 18, 2014, 01:29 PM

9 Minn. Applebee’s restaurants linked to E. coli outbreak

The Minnesota Department of Health on Thursday released a list of nine Applebee’s locations linked to a recent outbreak of E. coli.

By: Agweek staff report,

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Health on Thursday released a list of nine Applebee’s locations linked to a recent outbreak of E. coli.

People infected with the bacteria have reported eating at Applebee’s restaurants in Bemidji, Blaine (two locations), Duluth, Roseville, Willmar, Woodbury, Monticello and New Hope, the Health Department says.

The outbreak caused by the O111 form of the bacteria was first reported July 14. Fifteen cases have been reported so far, with 12 infected people confirmed to have eaten at Applebee’s between June 23 and 29.

Investigators from Health Department and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture are working to identify a food item associated with the outbreak.

“No additional details are available regarding specific ingredients, but the Minnesota Department of Agriculture continues to trace back ingredients to suppliers and points of origin looking for a common source,” the release says.

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