No one has died in the reported cases of infection, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Seven patients from Washington and three patients from Oregon were hospitalized. Chipotle has responded by taking new food safety measures.“The procedures we’re putting in place to eat are so above industry norms that we are going to be the safest place to eat,” Ells told Matt Lauer Thursday.
A norovirus has also infected 141 students at Boston College. The company is also deep cleaning and sanitizing all of its restaurants in that region, and also conducting environmental and food testing in it’s restaurants and distribution centers.
“The safety of our customers and integrity of our food supply has always been our highest priority,” Steve Ells, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle, said in a statement. “We work with a number of very fresh ingredients in order to serve our customers the highest-quality, best-tasting food we can. If there are opportunities to do better, we will push ourselves to find them and enhance our already high standards for food safety. Our deepest sympathies go out to those who have been affected by this situation and it is our greatest priority to ensure the safety of all of the food we serve and maintain our customers’ confidence in eating at Chipotle.”