Chipotle shuts OH restaurant after reports of illness

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Chipotle closed a restaurant in Powell, Ohio, on Monday following reports that customers got sick after eating there.

The Delaware General Health District said it is awaiting the results of lab tests. Chipotle is not giving away $100 gift cardsChipotle closing up to 65 locations as part of restructuring In total, health officials said they received 368 inquiries related to possible food borne illness stemming from the Chipotle location.

During an inspection last week, the local health department found that the restaurant was not maintaining its lettuce and beans at proper temperatures, according to Business Insider's report. On Tuesday, shares of Chipotle were down more than 7 percent, to around $432, in afternoon trading. People reported symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, and fever to the website.

More than 170 people fell ill after eating at a Chipotle location in OH, prompting the chain to quickly close the restaurant after the news surfaced.

The illnesses prompted Chipotle to close at least one restaurant on Monday.

"They are under a microscope, and any blip that arises is important for the business on a scale different than others", Chapman added, noting, for perspective, that there are an estimated 48 million cases of foodborne illnesses in the United States each year.

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"We acted quickly and closed this single restaurant out of an abundance of caution yesterday".

Chipotle's 2015 crisis was mostly an E. coli outbreak that hit public conscious when 42 locations in the Pacific Northwest briefly shut down.

The company intends to reopen the restaurant today, assuming it receives a green light from the health department. The company offers three days of paid sick leave each year to all of its employees, a spokesperson said.

Chipotle retrained kitchen crews on food safety after the incident.

It is also the first major food safety issue under new Chief Executive Brian Niccol as he works to bring back customers to the Mexican food chain that once was an investor darling.

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