6 States Now Affected by Chipotle's E. Coli Outbreak: Is Yours One of Them?

chipotle ecoli outbreak spreadsThings have gotten a little bit worse for fans of fresh Tex-Mex cuisine. Chipotle's E. Coli outbreak has invaded six states, including California, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Forty-five people in those areas have been afflicted with the food-borne illness that causes fever, fatigue, vomiting, and diarrhea.

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Of those who are affected, 43 are reported to have eaten at a Chipotle the week before their illnesses began. Originally, the outbreak seemed to be contained to Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington.

In a statement, the burrito chain announced: 

In response to this incident, Chipotle has taken aggressive steps to make sure its restaurants are as safe as possible. There have been no reported new cases in Washington or Oregon since Chipotle put its remediation plan into effect.

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Steve Ells, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle, apologized to all those who are ill, and added:

We will leave no stone unturned to ensure the safety of our food – from enhancing the safety and quality assurance program for all of our fresh produce suppliers, to examining all of our food safety procedures from farm to restaurant, and expanding testing programs for produce, meat and dairy items before they are sent to our restaurants.

On its website, Chipotle explains that those who are affected by the outbreak can contact the chain's claims team and the team will get back to them quickly.


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