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Publisher’s Platform: Could announcing July E. coli outbreak have prevented Chipolte’s fall


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Yesterday, with the announcement of an expanded criminal investigation and slumping sales, combined with a stock price creeping slightly back up from the bottom after a multi-billion dollar free fall, it does make you wonder if Chipotle could have turned its bus around before it drove off this cliff? Now it could be facing criminal… Continue Reading

Additional restaurant-related illnesses reported in Kansas City suburb


Another 10 people, including some students from the Shawnee Mission School District, are suffering from norovirus-like symptoms in suburban Kansas City. However Johnson County (Kansas) Department of Health and Environment suspects the new cases are associated with the Buffalo Wild Wings Grill on 105th Street in Overland Park, Kan., and not the New Theatre Restaurant,… Continue Reading

Chipotle plans $50 million ad blitz amidst expanded federal criminal investigation

Chipotle founder and co-CEO Steve Ells

Characterizing a string of foodborne illness outbreaks as an “unfortunate set of events,” Chipotle Mexican Grill’s founder Steve Ells reported the chain’s net income dropped 44 percent in the last quarter of 2015. Ells’ co-CEO Montgomery Moran revealed more bad news yesterday during the Denver company’s quarterly earnings conference call — the Department of Justice… Continue Reading

New Theatre Restaurant norovirus outbreak infects more than 600


An outbreak of norovirus infections that has sickened more than 600 who ate at a dinner theater in Overland Park, Kan., is the focus of much investigation and a $40,000 cleanup. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA), and Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) converged Friday at the… Continue Reading

UPDATED: CDC declares Chipotle E. coli outbreaks over; cause unknown

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The two most recent outbreaks linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants appear to be over, according to federal officials who say the root cause of the E. coli infections has not been determined. Testing of fresh produce, meat and other foods from Chipotle restaurants has not provided investigators with much insight, according to the Centers… Continue Reading

Nothing ruled out yet as cause of Chipotle E. coli outbreaks

Chipotle founder and co-CEO Steve Ells

As executives with Chipotle Mexican Grill prepare a new advertising campaign — sans food safety references — federal officials say nothing has been ruled out as the root cause of E. coli outbreaks among the chain’s customers. However, Chipotle officials suggested they have information about the cause of some of their customers’ illnesses in a… Continue Reading

Chipotle execs say ‘confused’ customers will be back soon

Chipotle founder and co-CEO Steve Ells

Chipotle Mexican Grill’s executive team boosted Wall Street’s confidence in the company by characterizing the chain’s customers as confused and predicting they would all return by next year. The occupants of the Denver-based chain’s C-Suite discussed public reaction and corporate responses to a string of Salmonella, E. coli and norovirus outbreaks linked to their restaurants… Continue Reading

CDC says cruises pose low risk for acute gastroenteritis


Outbreaks from foodborne pathogens on cruise ships in the past couple of years provided high-profile headlines, but federal statistics suggest the risk factor for passengers is relatively low. Between 2008 and 2014, about 74 million passengers sailed on cruise ships in U.S. jurisdictions. During that time, 129,678 passengers had illnesses meeting the definition of “acute… Continue Reading

Federal grand jury subpoenas Chipotle records

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Officials with Chipotle Mexican Grill say they will “fully cooperate” after receiving a subpoena from a federal grand jury seeking documents related to a norovirus outbreak at a restaurant in Simi Valley, Calif. The subpoena, issued in December 2015, came out of a grand jury from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California,… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: A Modest Suggestion



Last month when  they were going through their petulant period with too many outbreaks on their hands, the boys at Chipotle Mexican Grill were even complaining about the reporting practices by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. They did not like the trailing nature inherent of reporting on illnesses from… Continue Reading