Chipotle slides following report of customers getting ill at an Ohio restaurant

Dwayne Harmon
August 2, 2018

On July 26, local health officials inspected the Powell, Ohio Chipotle and found violations related to food not being held at proper temperatures.

"The Health District food inspection team inspected the restaurant this afternoon", Whittaker said in an email to Business Insider on Tuesday.

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.

The Delaware General Health District said it is awaiting the results of lab tests.

At least 140 people said they had fallen sick after eating at a Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (CMG.N) restaurant in OH, sending shares of the burrito chain down 8 percent in early trading. "We acted quickly and closed this single restaurant out of an abundance of caution yesterday", the company said in a statement.

Traci Whittaker, a public information officer, said the department wasn't aware of the pathogen that caused the illnesses, according to Reuters.

"Chipotle is a special case, because they were the source of so many cases in such a short amount of time", Ben Chapman, an associate professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University, told CBS MoneyWatch.

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Chipotle shut down the restaurant, it said on July 30.

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The illnesses prompted Chipotle to close at least one restaurant on Monday.

Chipotle shares are down 2% ahead of the market open on Tuesday.

That news also surfaced through when 89 reports and 133 customers reported falling sick.

Chipotle retrained kitchen crews on food safety after the incident.

The closure comes just as Chipotle was beginning to find its footing under new chief executive Brian Niccol, by beating Wall Street estimates last week.

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