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Chipotle Mexican Grill closes 43 restaurants in Oregon and Washington

Staff writer |
On the heels of an E. coli incident that was linked to eight of its restaurants in Oregon and Washington state, Chipotle Mexican Grill has taken a number of steps in Oregon and Washington.

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Among the specific actions the company has taken since the incident began are:

Immediately closing 43 restaurants in Oregon and Washington state out of an abundance of caution, even though only eight restaurants have drawn concern, while investigators search for a cause;

Conducting additional deep cleaning and full sanitization of its restaurants in the area;

Conducting environmental testing in its restaurants, and food testing in its restaurants and distribution centers in addition to testing being conducted by health department officials;

Replacing all food items in the restaurants we closed, out of an abundance of caution;

Batch testing some ingredients before resupplying;

Continuing to help in the investigation;

Retaining two preeminent food safety consulting firms (including Seattle-based IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group) to help the company assess and improve upon its already high standards for food safety.


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