As the US attorney’s office for the Central District of California along with the Food and Drug Administration’s office of criminal investigations has opened a probe into a norovirus incident associated with a Chipotle restaurant in Simi Valley, California.
Recently, the company was served with a federal grand jury subpoena associated with the criminal investigation.
The restaurant has claimed that the subpoena requires the company to produce a “broad range of documents” associated with the Simi Valley Chipotle restaurant blamed for the food poisoning cases that were first reported in August of 2015.
According to Chipotle, the company won’t discuss the pending legal actions associated with this subpoena, but that it’s cooperating with the investigation.
While the company’s link to the major E. coli outbreak outbreak in Washington and Oregon took most of the attention of the media in 2015, the company was linked to at least two other food poisoning cases in the same period. The California norovirus outbreak didn’t get the same media attention that the E. coli outbreaks did.
Since the incidents were first reported by Oregon and Washington officials, the company’s sales have been hit hard. The 43 restaurants that were closed after the incident have reopened after the company went through a “deep cleaning.”
One month after the November E. coli incidents, 141 Boston College students fell ill after contracting norovirus from one Chipotle restaurant in Brighton, Massachusetts.
The company’s sales were down 30 percent in December, suggesting that many consumers may be avoiding the chain over the various scandals it has been associated with over the past year.
By December, 53 people in nine states had been diagnosed with one strain of the norovirus, California was part of that group. A second strain impacted five people in three different strains.
While many consumers may be avoiding being exposed to health-related issues by staying away from Chipotle, it’s important to remember that other restaurants have also been linked to food poisoning cases in 2015. Out of all these cases, however, Chipotle’s several food poisoning problems should not be ignored.
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To stay healthy and safe, avoid restaurants that have been named in food poisoning cases in the past. Also, do not hesitate to contact an attorney if you or a loved one has fallen ill after eating at a place like Chipotle.