More than 50 people in 9 states have been sickened in an E. coli outbreak linked to food from Chipotle restaurants, according to federal health authorities.
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Update: Chipotle Reaches Settlement With 100 Food Poisoning Victims
September 12, 2016 – Chipotle has settled with more than 100 customers who were sickened in multiple E. coli and norovirus outbreaks last year. The chain’s strategy of resolving claims out of court shows it wants to avoid lengthy public battles over food poisoning cases that have severely damaged the company’s stock price and reputation, according to Fortune. Terms of the settlement were not immediately made public.
What’s the Problem?
At least 52 people have been diagnosed with the E. coli 026 outbreak strain, 43 of whom reported eating at Chipotle, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Twenty people have been hospitalized as a result of their illness, and no deaths have been reported.
This marks the 3rd food poisoning outbreak this year for Chipotle, whose tagline is “Food with Integrity.” And while the company markets itself as offering fresher, healthier foods than its competitors, more processed products typically have fewer harmful pathogens.
The source of the contamination has yet to be identified; however, some investigators suspect produce or another perishable item as the likely culprit. High heat kills E. coli, and it is unlikely that all of the affected Chipotle restaurants undercooked their meat products.
The outbreak was first reported in Seattle, WA. and Portland, OR; Chipotle closed all 43 of its restaurants in those cities on Oct. 31. They were re-opened last week after replacing food and deep-cleaning the facilities.
The most recent illnesses were reported in Turlock, CA; Akron, OH; Amherst, NY; and Burnsville, MN. However, due to the timing of the visits — late October through November 6 — Chipotle did not feel it necessary to close those locations.
Minnesota Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Chipotle Tomatoes
In addition to the E. coli food poisoning cases associated with Chipotle, a separate outbreak of Salmonella Newport has been linked to tomatoes served at 22 Chipotle restaurants in Minnesota. The outbreak sickened at least 64 people, 9 of whom required hospitalization to treat their symptoms, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
Food Poisoning Strikes Again at Chipotle in New York
July 8, 2016 – Reports surfaced yesterday via Twitter of at least 2 separate food poisoning incidents linked to a Chipotle restaurant in Manhattan, according to EATER. Business Insider reported that word of the illnesses sent the company’s stock falling by as much as 3.5%.
Chipotle Shareholders Sue Company, Alleging Recklessness and Insider Trading
June 20, 2016 – Chipotle stockholders have filed a lawsuit against the restaurant chain alleging that company executives awarded themselves “hundreds of millions” of dollars just before stock prices tanked last year following multiple food poisoning outbreaks. The most serious allegation is that Chipotle’s co-CEO Marty Moran sold $107.7 million worth of company stock at an inflated price, based on inside information that the stock would soon fall. Additionally, the suit claims that Chipotle’s founder and other co-CEO Steve Ells sold shares worth $78.3 million during calendar year 2015.
Food Safety Crisis to Cost Chipotle 3 Years’ Earnings, Analysts Say
April 18, 2016 – Chipotle Mexican Grill will have lost 3 years of earnings between fiscal year 2014 and fiscal year 2017 as a result of multiple food poisoning outbreaks last year, according to a research note issued last week by J.P. Morgan. Analysts said they expect the company’s earnings per share in fiscal year 2017 to be about what they were in fiscal year 2014, despite a sales bump from the addition of roughly 700 restaurants during the same time period.
Chipotle Suspends Exec Bonuses After Food Poisoning Outbreaks
March 15, 2016 – Chipotle has cancelled executive bonuses for 2015 due to multiple foodborne illness outbreaks at its restaurants across the U.S., according to Forbes. Shareholders further restructured previously granted options awards so that they only pay off if management can repair the chain’s declining value. The move was a seminal moment for Chipotle investors’ new found ability to have a ‘say on corporate pay.’
Feds to Investigate Chipotle After Norovirus Outbreak
January 11, 2016 – Chipotle Mexican Grill is now the subject of a federal criminal investigation into a norovirus outbreak that occurred at one of its restaurants in Simi Valley, CA., last fall, according to CNBC. Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes the stomach and / or intestines to become inflamed (acute gastroenteritis), which leads to symptoms including stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Click here to learn more.
Multi-State E. coli outbreak Linked to Chipotle…Again
January 4, 2016 – The CDC is investigating yet another food poisoning outbreak associated with Chipotle that has sickened at least 5 people. Of these, one was from Kansas, one was from North Dakota and 3 were from Oklahoma. CDC said that the FDA had conducted an investigation in this outbreak to trace the ingredient which was associated with the illness, however, the agency could not identify a common source of ingredient which was contaminated.
Chipotle E. Coli Outbreak May Have Spread to Massachusetts
December 9, 2015 – The nationwide E.coli outbreak linked to food served at Chipotle Mexican Grill may have spread to Massachusetts, where 28 people fell ill after eating at a single Boston-area restaurant, according to CBS News. News of the new infections spread when 8 Boston College basketball players missed a game Sunday due to food poisoning.
E. Coli Symptoms
People usually get sick from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) 2-8 days after swallowing the organism, according to the CDC. Most people infected suffer from varying degrees of diarrhea (usually watery but sometimes bloody), abdominal cramps, and in rare cases hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Most people recover within a week, but, rarely, some develop a more severe infection.
Chipotle E. Coli Outbreak Spreads to 3 More States: CBS News Video
Leafy Greens Leading Cause of Food Poisoning, Study Finds
Leafy greens like lettuce and spinach are the most common culprit behind food poisoning outbreaks, according to a 2013 study published by the CDC. Researchers found that about 1 in 5 illnesses were linked to leafy green vegetables — more than any other type of food — And that nearly half of all food poisonings cases were attributed to produce in general, when illnesses from other fruits and vegetables were combined.
Do I have a Chipotle Lawsuit?
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Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed symptoms of E. coli after eating at a Chipotle restaurant, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.