Latest lawsuit alleges that Chipotle tried to cover up norovirus outbreak

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Lawyers representing seven people who got sick after eating Chipotle last year in California filed a class action against the embattled burrito chain January 19, alleging that it tried to cover up an outbreak of norovirus. Robertson and Associates filed documents alleging that executives at Chipotle’s Simi Valley location knew its kitchen manager was sick with gastrointestinal problems but allowed the employee to work anyway, eventually leaving about 230 customers ill, according to a news release.

The kitchen manager in question was accused of “infecting potentially thousands of customers” Aug. 18 and Aug. 19 before he was diagnosed with norovirus, a contagious stomach bug, Aug. 20. The Chipotle location closed down, but it didn’t alert local health care authorities right away, according to the lawsuit.

“Chipotle chose instead to try and conceal all evidence of the outbreak by disposing of all food items, bleaching all cooking and food handling surfaces and replacing its sick employees with replacement employees from other restaurants before notifying county health officials of the outbreak,”the suit read, according to NBC. . .

Chipotle last week announced plans to temporarily shut down all of its United States stores Feb. 8 for an all-hands meeting to discuss food safety. “I have confidence that we’re going to recover from this,” co-CEO Steve Ells said during a recent presentation.

Read full, original post: Chipotle Outbreak Update: New Lawsuit Accuses Burrito Chain Of Covering Up Norovirus Scandal

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