Hundreds report illnesses after eating at Ohio Chipotle

Hollis Johnson  Business Insider More than 400 people say they got sick after eating at an Ohio Chipotle

Hollis Johnson Business Insider More than 400 people say they got sick after eating at an Ohio Chipotle

It closed Monday after customers wrote online they felt sick.

On July 26, local health officials inspected the Powell, Ohio Chipotle and found violations related to food not being held at proper temperatures. The Delaware County health department received hundreds of calls complaining of symptoms attributed to eating at the restaurant.

According to the website, three reports were made on July 29 and July 30, indicating that at least nine customers fell sick after eating at the Powell location. The restaurant's address is 9733 Sawmill Pkwy.

Chipotle confirmed that the restaurant in question reopened Tuesday after being shuttered the prior day. The site allows users to self-report suspected foodborne illnesses. The agency is reviewing cases brought to them, but they have no "lab results" yet, spokeswoman Traci Whittaker told Nation's Restaurant News today.

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

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The outbreak led to a federal investigation, as well as the implementation of new safety standards and food-handling procedures. Business Insider reported late-Monday that more than 170 people said they fell ill after eating at a restaurant in OH.

Chipotle has closed down one of its restaurants in Powell, Ohio for the time being after several reports of customers becoming ill. The plaintiff said he is still receiving medical treatment.

Last summer, Chipotle retrained kitchen workers on food safety after identifying a sick employee as causing a norovirus outbreak that prompted one of its restaurants in Virginia to briefly close.

The primary concern for the company surrounding the OH situation is likely the threat of renewed perception among customers that the food is unsafe.

State investigators seem to be treating the outbreak as "a single restaurant issue", Chapman said. Finally, Bank of America boosted their price target on shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill from $310.00 to $350.00 and gave the company an "underperform" rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 26th.

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