Published Saturday, 13 October 2012
Flicks restaurant is at Cityside Mall on Belfast's York Street. (© UTV)
Ten confirmed or suspected cases of food poisoning that have been identified are linked to Flicks in Cityside Mall at York Street in the city.
The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Environmental Health Officers are investigating the outbreak.
E. coli food poisoning occurs most often when undercooked beef, especially in mince, burgers and meatballs, is eaten.
The management of Flicks have voluntarily closed the premises and are cooperating with the investigation.
Public Health Consultant Dr Michael Devine said: "The Escherichia coli bacteria is commonly found in the intestines of humans and animals.
"There are many different types of E. coli, and while some live in the intestine quite harmlessly, others may cause a variety of diseases. The bacterium is found in faeces and can survive in the environment.
"Symptoms caused by E. coli O157 can include diarrhoea, which can range from mild to profuse watery or bloody diarrhoea, tummy cramps, nausea or vomiting."
Anyone who has eaten at Flicks restaurant since 24 September and has diarrhoea or abdominal pain is advised to contact their GP.