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120 Gusto restaurants closed over dysentery outbreak

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^you need to watch some of the Kitchen NIghtmares stuff with Gordon Ramsay.

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I am afraid of what Hanatoro is saying because, it is true, you can go to a restaurant, see their tables more or less clean but just thinking about a dirty kitchen?? gives me the creeps! but I have heard go to the toilets, usually you can tell how clean a restaurant is by how clean their toilets are, so if you go and it has god awful dirty toilets, well maybe their kitchen is similar too.

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why only in the eastern area? i think they should check the chain all in japan. did anybody ever see how dirty is a japanese kitchen of a restaurant? unbeliveable. i did see it because i worked before in another chain restaurant. the other side where the customers are they show how clean are they. shibori is not everything. where the food cooked should be very clean. i just dont know how those restaurants pass the check from the government.

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I recommend a McDonald University of USA to all Japanese restaurant owners and managers.

They do have a solid food handling and cleaning procedures for safety.

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THAT IS NOT THE POINT and you know it. 120 restaurants were closed down because of the so-called efficient system that is so prevalent here that you sang the praises of in another forum. . How many workers worked in those restaurant? Hmmmmm? And you want to say this is an efficient country? Don't think so at all. In fact, it is no more efficient than any other place. People are people.

There will always be aberrations. England is still a dirty, crime-ridden, unfriendly place, sorry.

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With all the disaster up there, it could also be from the water.....not only food. Bacterial dysentery is most commonly caused by the consumption of contaminated food or water, according to the Mayo Clinic. The most common types of bacteria that can cause dysentery are salmonella, E. coli, shigella and campylobacter. Bacterial dysentery is especially common among people traveling to underdeveloped nations; in these cases it is often termed "traveler's diarrhea." I got this once from water in the suburbs of Korea from water......

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I wonder how many chains of restaurants will be closed when the cancers start to appear from the use of contaminated food from Fukushima.

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this is really the $%ts, wonder if Dia and Rhea have been stopping by recently

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This kind of thing seems to happen a helluva lot in Japanese chain restaurants

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Oginome.

Only the terminally clueless eat at Gusto anyway,

THAT IS NOT THE POINT and you know it. 120 restaurants were closed down because of the so-called efficient system that is so prevalent here that you sang the praises of in another forum. . How many workers worked in those restaurant? Hmmmmm? And you want to say this is an efficient country? Don't think so at all. In fact, it is no more efficient than any other place. People are people.

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Haven't been to Gusto for a while - I'm a Denny's stalwart myself - but always found it OK. Cheap as chips food for the working-class masses - and the occasional homeless. Sure - it will never get any Michelin stars - but the Aussie steak in there was decent and cheap! Seems like a lot of these places (Saizeria and their scandal, the yaki-niku chain etc) are feeling the squeeze and cutting costs by cutting down on safety, which is sad.

I think a name change will be needed if they ever do want customers again

GUSHO

Horrible image!

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It's sad, you know. Japan, I believed at one time, had some of the most unique cuisine in the world. I was >deeply impressed when I first came to Japan by the quality, presentatioin and pride that Japanese had in the >food that they prepared.

Well we are talking about Gusto here, you may as well say that some roadside diner somewhere represents the state of American cuisine....

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My apologies to the elite denizens of Martha's VinEyard!

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I like Gusto, plenty of good memories of good times there. But none up in this affected region.

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Nothing wrong with Gusto. Then again I am not gourmands as many of the commenters appear to be. I heartily recommend a vacance in Martha's Vinyard or the Hamptons (not the motel) .... These kinds of outbreaks happen occasionally in the US and Europe as well. If folks are that worried they can always go catch something in some third-world nation. To much whining and posturing in this string.

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Two words: Colon blow

That took me back! Well played.

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Say the truth, i.e. 'radiation scare', and noone will ever go to Gusto again. Tell a lie, 'dysentery', and 99% of people will be fooled. This is shockingly transparent.

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http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/29/5/1303.full well there you go..doctor Shiga practically discovered the Dysentery bacillus and was actually from Sendai.

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I think a name change will be needed if they ever do want customers again. GUSHO or guts====0 works well for me. Gusto hasn't even blamed a foreigner or foreign meat yet.. 15 seems like quite a low number for such an infectious disease.

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realmindSep. 01, 2011 - 09:10AM JST most of these restaurants make cheap frozen foods processed in China.

No, they don't. There was a show on about a year ago showing the proccess from farm to table for a few places, like CoCo's, Gusto, Saizeriya, etc. It's all from within Japan, but most is put together at a central facility, then frozen, then shipped.

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That is four words cactusjack ;-)

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I preferred them when they were still called "BLDY", food is not too bad for the price and they are handy for popping in while shopping with young kids.

Most of them converted from Skylark, which still owns the chain. Their prices were set to compete with the take-away box lunch services that were (and still are) killing the family restaurant business.

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Two words: Colon blow

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The move came after 15 people in four prefectures, including Fukushima and Miyagi, were diagnosed as having bacterial dysentery,

Generally, how many have to fall ill at one time before the authorities take steps and close the restaurants.

Once I got the same, went to the hospital the doc took sample and diagnosed bacterial dysentery and even was capable to tell me what I ate. He was right, he had a hit, I reported the restaurant name, the answer was, "yeah, don't go to that restaurant again".

Good one.

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Is this some more of that "efficiency" that OGINOME was talking about in another forum?

Only the terminally clueless eat at Gusto anyway,

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And Gusto is INFAMOUS for that.

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DAIEIRIA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I needed a good laugh. I am going to lunch now, but NOT THERE! I never liked the place anyway. One thing that really gets under my skin is when a menu shows a picture of something that looks really good and has a good size volume, like steak or something, and they bring back something that looks half the size of the picture. I always want to ask the waitress, "Are you kidding me? Do you think I forgot what the picture looked like? This is nothing like the picture!!! Bring me something that resembles the picture". Yikes.

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DAILERIA!!!!! LMFAO! Good one, sensei

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sensei that one is great...

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I stay away from my local Gusto because I hate the SMOKE! These idiots here in Tokyo, make you walk through the SMOKING section first then you finally get to the NON smoking section after you already have passed through all the smoke and nasty people smoking you get to sit down on the other side of the nasty Gusto to enjoy your meal stinking like a smoker! So maybe this has protected my family and I for so many years and we always stay away from smelly, crappy places, no pun intended??

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sensei, that was really funny. Used to eat there for lunch from time to time. Home cooking is best.

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sensei, that one had me guffawing. I gave you a thumbs up, but it doesn't seem to be registering.....

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Skylark has announced that Gusto restaurants will be sold to a consortium of the Daiei Group and Lotteria. The new restaurant will be called "Daieiria".

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From better medicine >Most commonly, dysentery is caused by drinking water or eating food from sources contaminated with feces containing the pathogens...

Oh sweet. Guessing (think someone already mentioned this) that Gusto's choice of food suppliers don't exactly have the cleanest facilities.

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Is this some more of that "efficiency" that OGINOME was talking about in another forum?

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crap I ate there last night

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dysentery!! for real? Wow Japan, what next?

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I'm guessing the problem started with uncertain and unsanitary conditions in the shelters or homes in Tohoku - limited water, limited sewage systems, etc. Gusto is probably just the first business to notice the problem, but is unlikely to be its source. The first thing that should be done is to find out who the sick people are and what kind of conditions they are living in.

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Realmind, you got a link or something to prove that?? Why is it that when something like this happens, someone ALWAYS blames China? Not exactly like Japanese food is "safe" either - yakiniku a few months ago, snowbrand, relabeling meat from various grocery stores, various foods from Fukushima...

Japan needs to start seriously looking at food safety standards. Ecoli is one thing, dysentery is another.

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I love Gusto. I eat there all the time.

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I always thought Gusto restaurants were pretty sh!tty too!

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Thanks for the info @realmind. I was suspecting cheap irradiated produce from Fukushima.

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most of these restaurants make cheap frozen foods processed in China.

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mitoguitarman

Soon to be renamed, disgusto

Good one !

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New sales angle: "Free laxative with every meal."

Anyway, it reminds me of the one-panel cartoon in a newspaper that showed an unkempt and unsanitary chef leaning over store counter and saying: "Thirty-six Get Well Soon cards, please."

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It always gave me what appeared to be dysentery within 30 minutes of eating there. They should give a roll of toilet paper and a bottle of Pepto BIsmol upon arrival.

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I preferred them when they were still called "BLDY", food is not too bad for the price and they are handy for popping in while shopping with young kids.

For a long time we have been avoiding Jonathan's and Denny's due to their bad food, bad service and high prices. CoCo's is always good for eating and reasonably priced.

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The stores have been closed, but only temporarily.

The outbreak has been tentatively traced to a single central food processing kitchen supplying Gusto restaurants in the region, which is now also under a three-day mandatory shutdown.

But Gusto is pretty much at the low end of the family restaurant food chain--I'd never eat there, anyway.

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No specific dates mentioned, but it sounds like they got their act together quickly on this - dysentry diagnosed across four prefectures, a common link found, Gusto restaurants in the region closed. That's a surprisingly swift and well coordinated response in Japan. I hope they've already tracked down the food supplier too.

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Soon to be renamed?? You're late. We've been calling it Dis-Gusto for a long time now.

Once again, food safety is neglected. Who knows how many people they fed this stuff.

It's sad, you know. Japan, I believed at one time, had some of the most unique cuisine in the world. I was deeply impressed when I first came to Japan by the quality, presentatioin and pride that Japanese had in the food that they prepared.

Nowadays it seems like they want to taste death. Dining with the devil. What is lost will soon be forgotten.

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Dysentry???! Holy crap! (no pun intended!). Kudos to the doctors for the diagnosis. Probably not the first suspect on the list at a regional hospital in the developed world I would think.

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Soon to be renamed, disgusto

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Anyone taking any photos?

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..."ministry has yet to be informed in detail." When did it happen? seems something more serious than reported.

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