Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Chipotle closes OH location after illnesses reported

Chipotle closes OH location after illnesses reported

Beloved Tex-Mex chain Chipotle might be in hot water again: According to Cleveland.com, a Chipotle location in OH was closed on Monday after several people reported feeling ill after eating there. The Delaware County health department received hundreds of calls complaining of symptoms attributed to eating at the restaurant.

Chipotle Mexican Grill closed a restaurant in Powell, Ohio, on Monday because of a "handful of illness reports" the company said.

"We take all claims of food safety very seriously and we are now looking into a few reports of illness at our Powell, Ohio restaurant", Chipotle spokeswoman Laurie Schalow said.

"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 plans to reopen the restaurant Tuesday, conditional on approval by the health department.

The outbreak led to a federal investigation, as well as the implementation of new safety standards and food-handling procedures.

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Specifically, lettuce was not properly cooled and beans were not held at a warm enough temperature.

The company's shares were down 5.6 percent at $439.60, erasing gains made since Chipotle reported stronger-than-expected profit and same-restaurant sales for its second quarter on Thursday.
Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 92,320 shares of the restaurant operator's stock valued at $29,830,000 after purchasing an additional 1,907 shares during the period.

"The fact that they have 300-ish people that are sick does make it look like something more systemic in that restaurant", offered Bill Marler, a personal injury and product liability attorney who represented consumers in three separate cases in the past against the company.

Just months before the 2015 food safety incidents, Chipotle was trading at over $700.

Although there is now no indication that the outbreak has affected consumers in other states, Chipotle's stock fell almost 4 percent after news of the closing of the Powell location.

Chipotle also told health officials that two to five staff members called off work citing illness on Sunday and Monday. That followed a string of E. coli outbreaks at restaurants in Washington, Oregon, and other locations, as well as issues with salmonella.

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