Chipotle’s So Fresh It’s Making People Sick

Everyone loves Chipotle! Their emphasis on organic, fresh ingredients make the giant-burrito chain the most delicious yet healthy fast food a broke bish could ask for. However, with a recent E-Coli outbreak being linked to Washington State and Oregon area Chipotles, we’ve gotta ask…what’s the real cost of fresh ingredients?

No one knows exactly which of Chipotle’s many delicious ingredients was contaminated, and the CDC will be testing their ingredients for toxigenic strains to figure out the culprit. Although, E Coli is most frequently caused by consuming undercooked beef, or even meat that has touched a contaminated cutting board or cooking utensil. 

Last summer, Chipotle’s tomatoes were linked to 60 cases of Salmonella in Minnesota. Foodborne outbreaks like Salmonella are commonly linked to fresh fruits and veggies, which provide a place for bacteria to hide and grow without the danger of pesticides. So a restaurant like Chipotle, who prides itself on freshness, is actually more likely to have a problem.

A total of 21 Chipotle lovers from the Pacific Northwest have come down with E-Coli infections, and Forbes expects the numbers to keep growing. It seems that everyone who has been infected ate at the chain between October 14th and October 23rd. “We immediately closed all of our restaurants in the area out of an abundance of caution, even though the vast majority of these restaurants have no reported problems,” Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold stated. That’s 43 Chipotles that won’t open for the lunch rush.

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