Chipotle E. coli scare over, Center for Disease Control says
The burritos are back in town.
It should be safe to head back to the fast-casual restaurant soon and pick up your favorite burrito bowl, with extra guacamole.
More than 50 people were infected and 21 of them hospitalized after the first outbreak in mid-October, with a second, smaller outbreak in November hitting five people in three different states.
It seems to have missed Indiana and Michigan, according to the CDC, while affecting people in neighboring states including Illinois and Ohio.
While most people who were ill with E. coli reported eating the same food at Chipotle restaurants, the CDC says researchers couldn’t identify a single food item or ingredient that explained the outbreak.
We’re having a national employee meeting on 2/8 to discuss recent and future food safety changes. All US locations will be closed until 3pm.
— Chipotle (@ChipotleTweets) January 15, 2016
Company spokesman Chris Arnold told USA Today the company is working to improve food safety at all Chipotle restaurants.
“We are confident that the changes we have made mean that every item on our menu is delicious and safe,” Arnold told USA Today.
The E. coli saga may not be over. Chipotle was served with a subpoena in early January as part of a federal criminal investigation related to an earlier virus outbreak last summer at a restaurant in California.
For more information about reducing the risk of E. coli infection, see the CDC’s website.