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MN Salmonella Outbreak Blamed on Tomatoes Served at Chipotle Restaurants

Tomatoes served at 22 Chipotle Mexican Grill locations in Minnesota were the source of the recent Salmonella Newport outbreak which sickened 64 people and hospitalized nine of them. All are recovering, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

Investigators from MDH, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are now working to trace the tomatoes back to the out-of-state farm they came from.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-chipotle-restaurant-chelsea-new-york-mexican-grill-chain-more-than-restaurants-around-world-image39039407Those sickened reported eating at one of 22 Chipotle restaurant locations in Minnesota from Aug. 16-28, with illness onsets between Aug. 19-Sept. 3. They range in age from 10-69 years old and are from 13 counties near Minneapolis and a few others outside the metro area, MDH stated.

Chipotle has since switched tomato suppliers and the product has been removed from stores, according to MDH.

“We expected to see additional cases because it can take up to 10 days for symptoms of Salmonella to appear, another few days to a week before people go to their doctors and the cases get reported to us,” said MDH Epidemiologist Dana Eikmeier, adding, “However, there is no longer a risk of Salmonella from this particular product at Chipotle.”

MDH indicated that the Chipotle locations involved in the outbreak to date are:

Location Address
Edina 6801 York Ave.
Crystal 5608 W. Broadway Ave.
Hopkins 786 Mainstreet
St. Louis Park 5480 Excelsior Blvd.
St. Paul Lawson 29 5th St.
US Bank Plaza Minneapolis 200 S. 6th St.
Bloomington 10629 France Ave. S.
Richfield 1839 E. 66th St.
Maple Grove 7750 Main St. N.
Maplewood 2303 White Bear Ave.
7 Corners Minneapolis 229 Cedar Ave.
Calhoun Village Minneapolis 3040 Excelsior Blvd.
Uptown Minneapolis 2600 Hennepin Ave.
Minnetonka 4717 County Rd. 101
Ridgedale Center 12509 Wayzata Blvd.
Rochester 1201 S. Broadway
Shoreview 1021 Red Fox Rd.
St. Cloud 211 5th Ave. S.
Minneapolis 50 S. 6th St.
Mankato 1851 Madison Ave.
Maplewood Mall 3905 White Bear Ave.
Eagan Promenade 3324 Promenade Ave.

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