Chipotle under criminal investigation for recent food-borne illness outbreak

The Denver based restaurant chain disclosed in a corporate filing Wednesday that it is currently under criminal investigation for the outbreak of food-borne illnesses linked to the restaurant in 2015. According to the filing, the investigation is being conducted by U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, in conjunction with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations. Chipotle was served with a Federal Grand Jury subpoena last month.

“The subpoena requires us to produce a broad range of documents related to a Chipotle restaurant in Simi Valley, California, that experienced an isolated norovirus incident during August 2015,” the document stated.

According to Food Safety Newsat least 234 people were caught norovirus after eating at a Chipotle outlet in the Simi Valley Town Center.

In addition to the investigation, the company is involved in a number of lawsuits related to the outbreak.

Chipotle claim it spent between $14 million and $16 million last quarter to replace food in some restaurants, conduct lab analyses of food samples and environmental swabs, increase marketing, and retain advisory services for epidemiology and food safety, as well as estimated legal claims and related expenses.

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