Ohio Chipotle reopens after illnesses
In a flashback to the 2015 outbreak in which over 100 customers became ill from food poisoning, a new incident temporarily shut down a Chipotle restaurant in Ohio. The restaurant, in Powell, Ohio, closed on Monday, July 30, after reports of illnesses by customers who had eaten there over the weekend. Those customers complained of diarrhea, fever, nausea, and vomiting, typical symptoms of food poisoning. The restaurant reopened on Tuesday, July 31.
The number of victims has been difficult to pin down, as many customers reported their illnesses to a website for victims of food poisoning rather than to the local health department, but estimates are that over 100 people became sick from food they ate at the restaurant.
Delaware County health officials inspected the restaurant on July 26 and noted that the pinto and black beans were not held at a high enough temperature and the cut lettuce was not properly cooled after preparation. Both of those food safety violations were corrected that same day.
Representatives from the restaurant stated that between two and five employees had called out sick Sunday and Monday. The nature of their illnesses is unknown, as is the source of contamination that caused so many customers to become sick.
Chipotle has said that none of the employees of the affected restaurant, located at 9733 Sawmill Pkwy in Powell, Ohio, will be allowed to return to work for 24 hours. The restaurant itself has been sanitized and all new food ordered, as a precautionary measure.
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