Chipotle has been under increased scrutiny over the past several days. After closing a few dozen locations across the country due to an E.coli outbreak this fall, the restaurant chain closed a Boston location Monday after more than 120 Boston College students got sick from norovirus over the weekend.
The health concerns led to the company’s CEO, Steve Ells, appearing on the “Today Show” to address the issues. Ells promised that the company is “doing a lot to rectify” this situation, including completely sanitizing the restaurant and testing employees for illness, and says that Chipotle, which is thoroughly investigating its food safety, will be “the safest place to eat at.”
No Chipotle locations in Texas have reported any confirmed cases of E.coli or norovirus.
“There is no reason for people in Austin to be concerned about noro,” Chipotle communications director Chris Arnold said. “The noro incident is isolated to one restaurant in Boston. I¹d note that CDC reports that there are approximately 20 million cases of norovirus annually, making it the leading cause of gastroenteritis in the
country. The large number of cases of this illness is due partly because it can spread very easily through person-to-person contact, surfaces, or through food or drink. It¹s a very common illness, and one that is passed