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500 sickened by Chipotle in last half of 2015

500 — the approximate number of people who have been sickened after eating at a Chipotle restaurant in the last half of this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week announced it is investigating five new cases of E. coli linked to the restaurant chain. The latest cases, in Kansas and Oklahoma, are the fifth linked to Chipotle since August, when more than 200 people were infected with norovirus after eating at one of its restaurants in Simi Valley, Calif. The same month, more than 60 people got sick with salmonella poisoning after eating in Chipotle restaurants in Minnesota. Then in October, the first cases of E. coli poisoning began to surface in the Pacific Northwest. "The epidemiologic evidence available at this time suggests that a common meal item or ingredient served at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants in several states is a likely source of this outbreak," the CDC said. But no single food item has been identified as the source of the problem. Investors, and presumably diners, are spooked by the continued health issues that have dented Chipotle's wholesome image amongst its fast(ish) food competitors; the company's stock price this week fell to under $500 — down more than 30 percent from its August high of $757. — Slate

500 sickened by Chipotle in last half of 2015 12/23/15 [Last modified: Monday, December 28, 2015 10:39pm]
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