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Chipotle Outbreak Probed

posted Jan 12, 2016, 7:11 AM by PHS Warrior Beat   [ updated Jan 12, 2016, 7:12 AM ]
By: Jameel Baldwin-Sykes
    Federal authorities are conducting a criminal investigation tied to an outbreak of a foodborne disease at one of Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants last year. The company said in a security filing Wednesday that it was served with a grand jury subpoena in December seeking information about a norovirus outbreak at a Simi Valley, California. The norovirus sickened 234 people, including 17 employees in August.

    The court order is connected to a criminal investigation being conducted by the U.S. attorney’s office for the central district of California in conjunction the the FDA Office of criminal investigations. Legal experts said federal of a norovirus outbreak at a single restaurant would be highly unusual, given that the disease is relatively common. Norovirus is the most common cause of foodborne diseases outbreaks in the U.S.

    “It makes me suspect it’s part of a bigger investigation involving chipotle’s supply chain or an intentional contamination by an outside party at the store” said steve Kluting, regional director of the food and agribusiness group at risk-management firm Arthur J. gallagher & Co.
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