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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Palm Beach County Health Department is tracking four cases of food poisoning, and everyone got sick from eating the same thing. A bacteria in raw oysters made people sick at two restaurants. The oysters were tracked to two different sources.
The Division of Hotels and Restaurants and County Health Department are investigating food poisoning at New China Buffet, 5841 Lake Worth Road in Greenacres, and Shinju Japanese Buffet 7875 Glades Road in Boca Raton.
Inspectors have been to the Japanese buffet nine times this year, and they're still finding dozens of violations. In the state's latest report, 43 issues were found including 9 high priority violations for food that wasn't the right temperature or stored improperly.
Management said they're fixing the issues, and and that is not what made some customers sick.
The health department confirms it's a bacteria in the raw oysters that made people ill.
Management at Shinju blamed customers for eating so much they got sick.
When inspectors followed up on the oyster illness at New China Buffet, they found the kitchen could be cleaner.
There were 43 violations, and 8 were a high priority.
Food was held at potentially hazardous temperatures and raw food was stored near cooked or ready to eat food.
The Division of Hotels and Restaurants said it updates its rules accordingly to fight food borne illnesses, and has was recognized with a 2012 Prudential Davis Productivity Award for its work in fighting sickness.
Cases are down 84 percent over the last 16 years.
The Health Department said you need to be careful when eating oysters, and restaurants have signs with this same warning.
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