Chipotle shuts down restaurant after customers get severely ill

Marco Green
July 18, 2017

Chipotle has shut down a restaurant in Sterling, Virginia, after multiple reports of customers getting sick after eating there. The company is working with health authorities to determine the cause of the outbreak, he said.

He stressed that norovirus does not come from the food supply, and it is safe to eat at other Chipotle locations.

Business Insider reports that Chipotle temporality closed its Sterling, VA location Monday in order to sanitize the restaurant following reports that customers became ill after eating there.

At least 13 people reported to the website 'I Was Poisoned', with two of that group saying they had to be hospitalized after eating at the store in Sterling, Virginia. The restaurant will reopen Tuesday. Customers reported a mix of diarrhea, nausea, fever and vomiting.

Chipotle told Business Insider that it is aware of the illnesses and has notified local health officials. It could be "too much for one person to handle".

Just when it seemed Chipotle had moved past its reputation as a breeding ground for foodborne illnesses, there are reports of another outbreak.

The company has spent almost a year slowly recovering from an E.coli outbreak in the fall of 2015 and a single norovirus case in Boston in 2016. The situation took a turn for the worse over the weekend, requiring a hospital visit for dehydration, nausea and pain.

The restaurant was voluntarily closed for sanitization.

At time of publication, shares were trading around $370, down 5.6 percent on the day.

Chipotle Mexican Grill's food safety woes have struck again.

Norovirus is the leading cause of illness and outbreaks from contaminated food in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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