Chipotle (CMG) had been making a comeback under a new CEO after a slew of high-profile safety scares battered the burrito chain's brand and stock price in 2015 and 2016, and word this week that it had temporarily closed a restaurant after reports of patrons taking ill had investors dumping its shares on Tuesday. The Delaware General Health District says it can't confirm anything until lab tests are back.
A Chipotle spokeswoman told CNBC: "We acted quickly and closed this single restaurant out of an abundance of caution and we are working with the local health officials to reopen this restaurant as soon as possible".
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The illnesses prompted Chipotle to close at least one restaurant on Monday. County health officials said in a statement on Tuesday that the number of people who have reported getting ill at the restaurant has jumped to 368.
Chipotle Mexican grill has temporarily shut down one of its restaurants in OH following customer reports of illnesses, the chain said on Monday.
The reports come just after the agency had routinely inspected the restaurant on July 26 and found that lettuce and beans were not stored at the right temperature.
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The illnesses haven't been officially linked to Chipotle food consumption.
Traci Whittaker, a public information officer, said the department wasn't aware of the pathogen that caused the illnesses, according to Reuters.
Chipotle has been trying to overcome a tarnished reputation tied to multiple food safety incidents at its restaurants. Accern also gave news stories about the restaurant operator an impact score of 45.762239272966 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock's share price in the near term.
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The website saw a surge in reports following Business Insider's report late Monday that the company had shut down the restaurant due to customer illness reports.