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|Chipotle Updates on E. coli Investigation|
Investigators have suggested that in incidents like this, it is not
unusual to see additional cases after the initial incident as the
investigation moves forward. The source of the problem appears to have
been contained during a period in late October. Forty-two of the 43
cases linked to Chipotle, reported visiting one of the restaurants in
In response to this incident, Chipotle has taken aggressive steps to
make sure its restaurants are as safe as possible. There have been no
reported new cases in
Specifically, the company conducted deep cleaning at the restaurants that have been linked to this incident, replacing ingredients in those restaurants, changing food preparation procedures, providing all necessary supply chain data to investigators, and surveying employees to be sure none have had any symptoms of illness (note: no Chipotle employees in any states have been ill related to this incident). Similar actions are immediately being taken in response to these newly reported cases.
Chipotle is also taking significant steps to be sure all of its food is as safe as possible. Specifically, the company is expanding testing of key ingredients, examining all of its food-safety procedures to find any opportunity for improvement, and is working with two renowned food safety scientists to assess all of its food safety programs, from the farms that provide its food to its restaurants.
“We take this incident very seriously because the safety of our food and
wellbeing of our customers is always our highest priority,” said
“We offer our sincerest apologies to those who have been affected,” said Ells. “We will leave no stone unturned to ensure the safety of our food – from enhancing the safety and quality assurance program for all of our fresh produce suppliers, to examining all of our food safety procedures from farm to restaurant, and expanding testing programs for produce, meat and dairy items before they are sent to our restaurants.”
According to the CDC, there are about 48 million cases of food-related illness in the U.S. annually, including 265,000 cases of E. coli.
Additional information about this incident is available online at Chipotle.com/update.
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