Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Money | By Bruce West

Chipotle shuts OH restaurant after reports of illness

Chipotle shuts OH restaurant after reports of illness

Public information officer Traci Whittaker said the department was investigating food samples from the outlet, but is still not aware of the pathogen that caused the illnesses. Chipotle is not giving away $100 gift cardsChipotle closing up to 65 locations as part of restructuring In total, health officials said they received 368 inquiries related to possible food borne illness stemming from the Chipotle location. Patrick Quade, the founder of iwaspoisoned.com, told Business Insider that the number of reports had grown to 105, or 170 people sick, by Tuesday morning.

"The Health District food inspection team inspected the restaurant this afternoon".

At least 140 people said they had fallen sick after eating at a Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc restaurant in OH, sending shares of the burrito chain down as much as 9 percent on Tuesday.

In after-hours trading, the burrito chain's shares were down 3.34 percent to $449.95.

Delaware County general health public information officer Traci Whittaker says some media have reported around 100 people were sick, but she can not confirm this.

Chipotle plans to reopen the restaurant Tuesday, conditional on approval by the health department, which confirmed to Business Insider that the restaurant is under investigation but did not provide any additional details.

Chipotle is also using ozone treatment to help with sanitizing, and the report said that the restaurant does a daily employee health check to ensure no workers are experiencing symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea or nausea. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 92,320 shares of the restaurant operator's stock valued at $29,830,000 after purchasing an additional 1,907 shares during the period. It came after an outbreak of E. coli hit the chain in 2015, resulting in numerous people getting sick across the United States. Calling it "Brian Niccol's first test as CEO", Cowen analysts Andrew Charles and Brian Vieten noted that Chipotle's prior management would issue coupons after food safety scares to protect traffic in a tactic that they said did not work.

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