There is no real answer given, but Chipotle is reopening its doors again after the E. coli outbreak that saw to around 40 people sick.
- On October 24th of this year, Chipotle closed 43 restaurants in Washington state and Oregon
- They were linked to an E. coli outbreak that infected around 40 people
- They conducted 900 tests and all came out clear
- Chipotle did not find the source of the outbreak, but health officials are still blaming them
Since the end of October, 43 Chipotle restaurants around Washington state and Oregon closed down. This was due to a high number of patients who presented themselves sick at the local hospitals due to an E. coli infection. This has led authorities into investigation, and the company took the right decision of closing multiple restaurants just in case.
However, as the investigation progressed, they still did not find the source. Chipotle conducted tests and believes that the outbreak resulted after meals served on October 24th of this year, but there has been no proof to confirm. It had underwent several food inspections, and now they’re ready to be back in business.
This is in spite the fact that they haven’t found the answer why the outbreak started in the first place.
The restaurant chain prides itself on being picky about the high standards they set for the quality of their food. For the sake of their customers, they boast picking the freshest of vegetables and high-quality meat. They are the first national restaurant that cooks with exclusively non-GMO (genetically modified organism) products.
According to Chipotle, this is for the purpose of both providing their customers with the best products, but also educate people on the sustainability of the industry. However, they have recently been under fire and placed in a bad light due to an E. coli outbreak. They have reportedly cleared everything, tested all their foods and employees, and found it all to be safe.
In fact, at this moment, Chipotle might just be the safest and cleanest place to eat right now. According to the restaurant chain, they have conducted 900 tests, and all came out clear. This has turned on the green light for them to reopen the 43 locations they have closed down at the end of last month.
According to Steve Ells, who is the co-CEO of the company, both the safety of their customers and integrity of their products are the highest priorities. They have assured that their food, restaurants, surfaces, equipment, and employees have been carefully examined.
Some health officials are still pointing fingers though. For example, attorney Bill Marler has filed two lawsuits against Chipotle on behalf of the people sickened with E. coli. He has stated that even though they did not find the source of outbreak, it does not mean that Chipotle isn’t to blame.
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