Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
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Chipotle shuts OH restaurant after reports of illness

Chipotle shuts OH restaurant after reports of illness

The reports come just after the agency had routinely inspected the restaurant on July 26 and found that lettuce and beans were not stored at the right temperature.

The website tracked reports with about a dozen customers in total claiming they became sick after eating at the Chipotle location, the report said. People reported symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, and fever to the website.

OH health officials have launched an investigation of Chipotle Mexican Grill after multiple cases of illnesses have been reported from customers who ate at two restaurants in the state.

"The local health department has informed us of two customer complaints of illness at one restaurant in Powell, Ohio", Chipotle Chief Communications Officer Laurie Schalow told Bustle in a statement.

Chipotle told CNNMoney that it shut down the restaurant, in the Columbus suburb of Powell, as a precaution but hoped to reopen it later in the day. In the years since, the company has worked to regain trust and recover its losses through a combination of new food safety measures, employee training, and promotions for free food.

Chipotle's stock plunged 7% in morning trading.


Chipotle voluntarily closed the OH restaurant Monday for deep cleaning and removal of all exposed foods and single-use equipment, the company said. Stifel Nicolaus raised their target price on Chipotle Mexican Grill from $325.00 to $450.00 and gave the stock a "hold" rating in a research report on Friday.

Chipotle was forced to close a restaurant in Virginia for two days a year ago after customers who ate there contracted norovirus, an illness that causes vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and other symptoms.

More than 400 people say they got sick after eating at an Ohio Chipotle.

That news also surfaced through iwaspoisoned.com when 89 reports and 133 customers reported falling sick.

The Delaware General Health District and the fast casual Mexican grill continue to investigate. Chipotle Mexican Grill's new CEO, Brian Niccol, made the announcement in a conference call with investors, according to a previous Epoch Times report.

Chipotle retrained kitchen crews on food safety after the incident.

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