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Chipotle CEO sets a bad example in ‘Today Show’ segment


Chipotle founder and co-CEO Steve Ells

Editor’s note: This column was originally posted on barfblog.com on Dec. 7 under the headline “Chipotle CEO Ells uses the bare hand touch test for meat doneness.” Chipotle, one of our favorite barfblog topics, is in the news again as CEO Steve Ells appeared on the “Today Show” to talk woes associated with recovery from 2015’s… Continue Reading

Social media might be holding down Chipotle as hits continue

In reporting its latest quarterly financial results, Chipotle Mexican Grill ended up again showing how its economic recovery is coming slower than many expected. And one financial expert says social media is to blame for the hurt the fast casual restaurant is still experiencing after making about 500 people sick in 11 states last year…. Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Is no news really good news, or just no news?


Dozens of headlines in recent days proclaimed that Chipotle is still doing what it’s executives said it would start doing months ago. It’s been a testament to the power of the Denver-based burrito chain’s marketing team to generate ink without actual news. The media blitz regurgitates the food safety plan and staff that Chipotle has… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Sending condolences to Chipotle’s PR guy


What a drag it must be to wake up every day as the public relations guy for Chipotle Mexican Grill. Seriously, consumers to the left of you, media to the right, and there you are — stuck in the middle with Steve Ells and the burrito bunch. For almost a year now the Denver-based fast… Continue Reading

FDA, FSIS slow the info flow; only one 2016 meeting reported

It looks like top officials at both the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have fallen behind in the transparency department. Both FSIS and FDA have routinely published, after-the-fact, the calendars of their top officials, showing who they’ve been meeting with outside the federal government  This… 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

2015’s Naughty List From Your Friends at Food Safety News


Tis Christmas Eve and sadly some children–little girls like Zelda, Gloria, Beth, Grey, Nina, and Lisa along with little boys like Steve, Jack, Monty and Terry—are on the Food Safety News Naughty list for 2015.  They will find nothing from us  in their stockings or under their trees on Christmas morning.  Some have been really bad… Continue Reading

Chipotle’s First Norovirus Outbreak in California was Larger Than Boston College’s

An official chronology of the Simi Valley, CA, norovirus outbreak involving Chipotle Mexican Grill customers and employees, which has been obtained by Food Safety News, shows that there were far more victims than were reported at the time. The report reveals that the Simi Valley outbreak was larger than any of the other four outbreaks Chipotle… Continue Reading