Coli case in Pennsylvania & possible new outbreak linked to Chipotle

A prior outbreak that sickened 52 people in nine states and had already been linked to Chipotle restaurants. The agency said it was "investigating another, a more recent outbreak of a different, rare DNA fingerprint Shiga toxin producing E. coli" linked to Chipotle. According to preliminary tests, the restaurant patrons in Boston were sickened by another disease-causing organism called norovirus, according to reports.

Just a week after Chipotle announced new safety measures and issued an apology to media outlets across the nation, five more people have reportedly fallen ill from coming into contact with E. coli bacteria after eating Chipotle in Kansas, North Dakota, and Oklahoma. "While these cases are newly reported, they are not really new, but represent a lag in reporting between state health departments and the CDC".

Another reported case in Pennsylvania involves a person who did not report the eating at a Chipotle in the week leading up to November 14 when the illness started.

Shares of Chipotle were trading below $500 on Tuesday for the first time since early 2014.

Out of five, three ate at a location in Oklahoma and two had food at a Kansas location. It did not show the outbreak strain of E. coli. In response to reports of potentially new cases of E. coli linked to Chipotle, a company spokesperson stated that the company has indicated before that it expected that it may see additional cases and that it was confident that it "can achieve a level of food safety risk that is near zero" given the new initiatives it is undertaking.

The evidence collected during the federal health investigation suggested that rotisserie chicken salad made and sold in Costco Wholesale stores in several states was the likely source of this outbreak. Spokesman Chris Arnold said in an email Monday that the chain is in the process of implementing its new programs, which include increased testing of ingredients and food safety training for workers.

"The Chipotle foodborne illness case will now be studied by restaurant operators, financial professionals, and PR officials for years if not decades to come", he said. The stock fell as low as 508.10 intraday, which was the lowest since May 2014.

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