Chipotle Mexican Grill Declared Free From E.Coli, CDC Says
The beleaguered burrito maker could now relax just a little bit as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially declared E.Coli outbreak linked to restaurant chain over.
After months of rigorous investigation by CDC, the regulators completed their review of the two E.Coli outbreaks which affected 60 people who dined at a number of Chipotle restaurants across the US.
"We are pleased that the CDC has concluded its investigation, and we have offered our full cooperation throughout. Over the past few months we have taken significant steps to improve the safety of all of the food we serve, and we are confident that the changes we have made mean that every item on our menu is delicious and safe," said Chipotle Mexican Grill spokesman Chris Arnold as quoted by CNBC.
The recent CDC announcement has upped Chipotle stocks by 5% on Monday according to a report by International Business Times.
Some investors remain cautious despite the reassuring statement from the CDC. Even though the case has been closed, worry remains as health inspectors admittedly said that they were unable to trace the source of the infection.
"A review of Chipotle's distribution records by state and federal regulatory officials was unable to identify a single food item or ingredient that could explain either outbreak," CDC's official statement said as quoted by the Denver Post.
The embattled Denver-based company still has a long way to go before achieving full recovery. Months of food-borne outbreaks which included norovirus, E. coli, and salmonella has weakened its sales prompting the company to alter its food preparation methods in a bid to win back customers.
Currently, Chipotle is facing a number of lawsuits filed by its displeased and sickened customers. There are probably more waiting as soon as other people surface to lodge a legal complaint against the burrito chain.