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Outbreaks Bring Downward Pressure on Chipotle Stock

Food poisoning outbreaks involving Chipotle Mexican Grill outlets are eroding its overall stock value, which last summer hit a per-share high of $756. The company’s shares closed Monday at $624, a drop of 2.5 percent. Traded under the symbol “CMG” on the New York Stock Exchange, the “fast casual” restaurant chain has recently experienced three… Continue Reading

Oregon Outbreak Museum Memorializes What We’ve Learned About Foodborne Illness

When revolutionary epidemiologist William Keene started working for the Oregon Public Health Division in 1990, he also started collecting packaging from recalled products, restaurant menus, and other elements from his outbreak investigations and displaying them in his office. “These exhibits commemorate why we do these investigations and the kind of products and things that can… Continue Reading

Keene Remembered for Commitment to Public Health, Unconventional Style

When Dr. Bill Keene gave a presentation on the dangers of raw milk at a past meeting of the American Veterinary Medical Association, even the raw milk advocates on the opposing side of the panel couldn’t help but laugh and revel in the Oregon senior state epidemiologist’s dry humor. “When he opened the presentation, he… Continue Reading

A Food Safety Hero: Oregon’s William Keene Dead at 56

Dr. William Keene, Oregon’s senior state epidemiologist, died Sunday, Dec. 1, The Oregonian newspaper reported. Keene was admitted to a Portland hospital two weeks earlier for acute pancreatitis. For the past two decades, the nationally known food detective kept the Oregon Public Health Division at the top of a short list of states known for… Continue Reading