The people of Chipotle have some questions to answer! The company has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury as part of a criminal investigation based on the shocking norovirus outbreak at the chain restaurant’s Simi Valley, California location. Get the details here!
Whoa — Chipotle is headed to court! After dozens of customers got sick with norovirus at one of the chain’s California locations in August, a criminal investigation is underway, and with so many questions left unanswered, the company has been subpoenaed. Yikes!
The United States attorney for the Central District of California issued the subpoena, asking for any information about the norovirus outbreak that took place at the Simi Valley branch in August, the company confirmed on Jan. 6. Although a spokesperson for the chain said he will not discuss pending litigation, he revealed that Chipotle will “cooperate fully with the investigation.”
The restaurant has been under major fire for contamination over the last several months. After the August norovirus episode, which was allegedly much worse than originally reported, various restaurants around the country were revealed to have E. coli outbreaks, and 43 restaurants voluntarily closed in early November. Things got worse in December, when more than 100 students from Boston College fell ill with norovirus after eating at the Chipotle location near campus.
Naturally, this hasn’t been good news for Chipotle’s sales, which plunged 30 percent in December, and are expected to have a 14.6 percent decrease for the full fourth quarter. This is especially unpromising because it’s the company’s first decline since going public in 2006!
All in all, more than 500 people have been affected by these illnesses obtained at Chipotle restaurants in the second half of 2015 alone, according to Food Safety News. Keep checking back for updates on this criminal investigation.
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked by this investigation!?