Chipotle E. Coli Outbreak Closes 43 Stores

by Doug Zanes | Last Updated: November 9, 2015

Chipotle E. Coli Outbreak Closes 43 Stores

Most of us have been there – there being food poisoning and it’s NOT a happy place…

Well for Chipotle fans, their restaurants may not be a happy place for a while as headquarters closed 43 of its restaurants in Washington state and Oregon as health officials investigated an E. coli outbreak that appears to be linked to the fast casual chain….

As of this past Saturday, there were three cases of E. coli in Oregon and at least 19 in Washington resulting in one-third of those sickened being hospitalized, officials said.

“While the outbreak appears to be linked to food served at Chipotle restaurants, the food or other source of contamination hasn’t yet been determined and remains under investigation,” the Washington State Department of Health said.

Although we can breathe easy that most E. coli are harmless… According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some types can be transmitted through contaminated water or food and cause symptoms like diarrhea and vomiting…

Ick… For those us who know about the symptoms, WE KNOW.

“The safety and wellbeing of our customers is always our highest priority,” read a statement from Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold. “After being notified by health department officials in the Seattle and Portland, Ore. areas that they were investigating approximately 20 cases of E. coli, including people who ate at six of our restaurants in those areas, we immediately closed all of our restaurants in the area out of an abundance of caution, even though the vast majority of these restaurants have no reported problems.”

Chipotle is working diligently with the health department to determine the casue of the issue, offering their deepest sympathies to those who have become ill as a result of the outbreak.

The illnesses were reported in Clark, King, Skagit and Cowlitz Counties in Washington, as well as Clackamas and Washington Counties in Oregon, officials said.

“Anyone who thinks they may have become ill from eating at a Chipotle restaurant in the past three weeks should consult their healthcare provider,” said Dr. Scott Lindquist of the Washington State Department of Health. “The elderly and very young children are more likely to become severely ill from this kind of E. coli infection.”

Although this is not an issue in the state of Arizona, be on the lookout for information pertaining to this issue in your state.

Stay safe and stay healthy!


Doug Zanes: Founding Attorney Raised in Douglas, Arizona, and went to college at Arizona State University and graduated from law school at St. Mary’s University School of Law in Texas. Doug began practicing law in Phoenix Arizona in 1997.
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