Chipotle Foodborne Illness Crisis Sickens Hundreds

Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 24-Feb-2016

Restaurant-chain Chipotle Mexican Grill has been at the center of a major health crisis after hundreds of people nationwide have contracted serious illnesses after eating the restaurant’s food. Since July 2015, Chipotle customers have suffered from two norovirus outbreaks in Simi Valley, California and Boston, Massachusetts, two separate E. coli outbreaks, and one Salmonella outbreak in Minnesota. These highly-contagious foodborne illness cause severe vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and can potentially be fatal if consumed by the elderly or those with weak immune systems.

Multiple lawsuits have been filed against Chipotle, one of which alleges that the chain tried to cover up one of the outbreaks by closing its Simi Valley location for “staffing reasons,” in the face of reports of customer illnesses. Instead of reporting the outbreak, the location’s employees allegedly tried to dispose of contaminated food and replacing sick employees with employees from other restaurants.

Chipotle has experienced substantial financial losses since the news of these outbreaks hit the media, resulting in sales drops and a 42% nosedive in the company’s stock prices. In response, the company closed all of its locations for a few hours on February 8th, 2016 to focus on food safety training and has been offering discounted food in an effort to regain consumers trust. For those who have been sickened, however, it is likely that no amount of training or enticing deals will ever convince them to trust the chain again.

Sickened by Chipotle? Call (800) 900-0863

If you have become seriously ill from Salmonella, E. coli or norovirus after eating at Chipotle, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your suffering. At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, our skilled San Jose food poisoning attorneys have more than 100 years of collective legal experience and can provide the results-driven advocacy you need during this difficult time.

To get started towards filing a claim, contact our office online or request a free consultation today.

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