Chipotle Outbreak: How Does Norovirus Get into Restaurant Food?

The “stomach bug” norovirus is behind the latest outbreak of foodborne illness linked to Chipotle, according to health officials. This week, a Chipotle restaurant in Sterling, Virginia, temporarily closed down after multiple customers reported falling ill with vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pains after eating there. A spokesman said the restaurant chain suspected that norovirus was to blame because the symptoms of the sick customers were typical of people infected with this virus, according to Reuters. But it wasn’t until today (July 20) that health officials confirmed the cause of the illnesses…

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A year after food safety scares, Chipotle has a new set of problems

It was a little more than a year ago that Chipotle was rocked by the first in a brief flurry of food contamination incidents that sent many customers fleeing from the burrito chain. Since then, the company has been trying to win back diners in a variety of ways, ranging from a sweeping overhaul of its food safety measures to adding chorizo to its menu. It even employed gimmicks such as a summer-long rewards program and offering free meals for kids. And yet, things are still looking sour at Chipotle: In the most recent quarter, sales were…

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