*Elio in Call Me By Your Name voice* Chipotle, chipotle, chipotle. What do I do with you?
The “Mexican” (please note my quotes) fast food chain famous for serving burritos the size of a newborn baby has had a rough time the past few...is it weeks, months? I can’t even tell, it feels as if people have been getting sick from the restaurant’s food for centuries now.
They’ve had rats in restaurants, employees speak out about horrible work conditions, and suffered a vicious E.coli breakout in 2016. And just this July about 647 people suffered “gastrointestinal symptoms” after eating at an Ohio Chipotle, which the chain confirmed was due to bacteria. In response to that disaster, Chipotle has announced that they will be retraining all their employees nationwide to make sure this doesn’t happen again, NPR reports. CEO Brian Niccol said in a statement:
Chipotle has a zero-tolerance policy for any violations of our stringent food safety standards and we are committed to doing all we can to ensure it does not happen again...Once we identified this incident, we acted quickly to close the Powell restaurant and implemented our food safety response protocols that include total replacement of all food inventory and complete cleaning and sanitization of the restaurant.
Best of luck, Chipotle. But something tells me no amount of retraining and sanitization will fix these wounds.