Oh no! Is Chipotle closing down for good? Or are they ready to bounce back from their health crisis? HollywoodLife.com has all the details you need to know about Chipotle’s E.Coli scandal and their plans for the future.
There is no doubt that Chipotle Mexican Grill has been suffering since the outbreak of E.Coli at their restaurants. But what exactly is going on now? Read more to find out the things you need to know about Chipotle’s health crisis.
1. Where was the E. coli found?
In Aug. 2015, 234 customers and employees contracted norovirus at a Chipotle in Simi Valley, California. In Minnesota, Salmonella-tainted tomatoes at 22 outlets sickened 64 people in Aug. and Sep. Nine people had to be hospitalized! Norovirus then struck again in late Nov. near Boston College where 140 students picked up the highly contagious virus from a nearby Chipotle, including half of the men’s basketball team. Yikes! An additional 16 students and three health-care staff picked it up from the victims. This pretty much sounds like a nightmare right?!
2. How many people total were affected?
Almost 500 people in the United States have become sick from Chipotle food since July, according to public-health officials. And those are just the ones who went to a doctor, gave a stool sample, and were properly diagnosed. Food-safety experts say they believe with any outbreak the total number of people affected is at least 10 times the reported number!
3. What caused the outbreak?
At Chipotle, three different pathogens caused the five known outbreaks. Norovirus is the leading cause of foodborne illness in the U.S., followed by salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, Campylobacter spp. and Staphylococcus aureus. The bacteria behind the Chipotle outbreak are called Shiga toxin-producing E.coli 026, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
4. Is Chipotle closing down?
Right now, Chipotle is not closing down completely. Yesterday morning the restaurant did close it’s 2,000 chains, but it was just to hold a global employee meeting. And who exactly led the meeting? Chipotle’s founder and co-CEO Steve Ells of course! During the meeting he thanked and encouraged employees, as well discussed upcoming changes to operations, according to comments made at the presentation. Let’s just hope Chipotle really changes the way they do things in the kitchen!
5. What is their plan to bounce back?
Chipotle might be bouncing back in the best way possible! Two words. Free burritos. Yes, the chain wants to win back your trust. And how do you get your free burrito? All you have to do to redeem this offer is text the word “raincheck” to 888-222. They’ll text you back with a coupon for a free burrito within the next few days. Sounds awesome!
HollywoodLifers, do you think Chipotle will recover after this unfortunate E.coli outbreak? Let us know in the comments below!