Chipotle Shuts Down Ohio Restaurant After Reports Of Illness Outbreak

ChipotleLed by price hikes and queso add-ons Chipotle’s same-store sales surged 3.3 percent in the second quarter of fiscal 2018

ChipotleLed by price hikes and queso add-ons Chipotle’s same-store sales surged 3.3 percent in the second quarter of fiscal 2018

Chipotle closed a restaurant in OH on Monday following reports of customers getting sick after eating there, the company told Business Insider.

Chipotle is now facing a lawsuit from one customer, Filip Szyller, who said he became ill with a fever, diarrhea, nausea, and headaches after eating there on July 29. Business Insider reported late-Monday that more than 170 people said they fell ill after eating at a restaurant in OH.

Three reports covering nine individuals were posted on the crowd-sourcing website Iwaspoisoned.com between Sunday and Monday, according to Business Insider.

An Ohio health department has fielded more than 350 inquiries from people possibly getting sick from a Chipotle, officials said Tuesday, raising new concerns of food-borne illness similar to those that plagued the restaurant chain in 2015.

As of Wednesday morning, county health officials said they had received another 45 inquires related to a possible foodborne illness outbreak stemming from the reopened restaurant, bringing to 413 the total number of illness claims tied to the location.

Public information officer Traci Whittaker said the department was investigating food samples from the outlet, but is still not aware of the pathogen that caused the illnesses.

"The Health District food inspection team inspected the restaurant this afternoon".

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.

State investigators seem to be treating the outbreak as "a single restaurant issue", Chapman said.

A logo of Chipotle Mexican Grill is seen on one of their bags in Manhattan, New York November 23, 2015. The additional reports came after the district initially said that seven people were sickened after apparently eating at the restaurant.

A spokeswoman for the company didn't immediately reply to a request for comment on Tuesday.

Chipotle's stock fell 3.3 percent in after-hours trading on Monday after Business Insider first reported the news.

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