Hundreds Reportedly Get Sick At Ohio Chipotle, Restaurant Closes

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The Delaware General Health District and the fast casual Mexican grill continue to investigate. The company said it was working with local health officials.

However, by Tuesday morning, the number of reports to the site grew to 105, citing 170 people sick, according to Patrick Quade, the founder of iwaspoisoned.com, Business Insider reported.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (CMG.N) has shut a restaurant in OH following reports of customers falling sick after eating there, the burrito chain said on Monday.

"The Health District food inspection team inspected the restaurant this afternoon", Whittaker said in an email to Business Insider on Tuesday.

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The company's stock fell 3.5 percent in after-hours trading.

Delaware County general health public information officer Traci Whittaker says some media have reported around 100 people were sick, but she can not confirm this. "We are not aware of any confirmed foodborne illness cases, and we are cooperating with the local health department". A sick worker was also believed to be the cause of the Boston outbreak.

While it's too soon to say exactly what sickened so many people, Chipotle's history raises the question as to whether the latest incident is an isolated one, or part of an ongoing food safety issue at the company. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 92,320 shares of the restaurant operator's stock valued at $29,830,000 after purchasing an additional 1,907 shares during the period.

Chipotle is still dealing with the financial impact from the 2015 E.coli outbreak, during which the chain had to temporarily shut down more than 30 stores in six states after health officials traced E. coli to a common ingredient in its food. The crisis prompted Chipotle officials to close 2,000 locations in February 2016 to conduct an employee food-safety training program. Chipotle Mexican Grill's new CEO, Brian Niccol, made the announcement in a conference call with investors, according to a previous Epoch Times report.

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