Chipotle closes OH location after customers report illnesses

Chipotle closes OH location after customers report illnesses

A total of 105 reports were made to the website iwaspoisoned.com, indicating that more than 170 customers fell sick after eating at the Powell, Ohio Chipotle since July 29, according to Patrick Quade, the website's founder.

A spokeswoman for the Delaware General Health District said the agency is in the "infancy" stages of its investigation. As of Tuesday afternoon, it said it had received 368 inquiries related to a "possible foodborne illness outbreak" stemming from the Chipotle location in Powell.

At least 140 people said they had fallen sick after eating at a Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc restaurant in OH, sending shares of the burrito chain down as much as 9 percent on Tuesday.

"Our protocols identified a handful of illness reports at one restaurant in Powell", the company said in an emailed statement.

Delaware County general health public information officer Traci Whittaker says some media have reported around 100 people were sick, but she can not confirm this.

Traci Whittaker, a public information officer, said the department wasn't aware of the pathogen that caused the illnesses, according to Reuters.

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You'll recall that the chain experienced a series of food-poisoning outbreaks that torpedoed its year in 2015, closed a store in 2016 over norovirus concerns, and had another significant norovirus outbreak in 2017 at an L.A. store.

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.

The website saw a surge in reports following Business Insider's report late Monday that the company had shut down the restaurant due to customer illness reports.

Chipotle retrained kitchen crews on food safety after the incident. An outbreak of E. coli hit the Chipotle chain in 2015, resulting in numerous customers getting sick at locations across 11 states.

Several employees called off sick this past weekend, also.

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