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Ohio Chipotle location closes after illnesses reported

July 31, 2018

Ohio Chipotle location closes after illnesses reported

POWELL, Ohio — A Chipotle location near Columbus was closed Monday after 12 customers became ill after eating there, according to reports.

Chipotle officials tell the Columbus Dispatch the location on Sawmill Parkway in Powell was closed after investigating reports of illnesses, which included three members of a family of four.

The restaurant is expected to reopen Tuesday.

“We take all claims of food safety very seriously and we are currently looking into a few reports of illness at our Powell, Ohio restaurant,” Chipotle spokesowoman Laurie Schalow tells Business Insider. “We are not aware of any confirmed food-borne illness cases, and we are cooperating with the local health department.”

The Dispatch says reports of illnesses were made to the website Iwaspoisoned.com. Customers can use the site to register possible incidents of food-borne illness.

The site received six complaints involving 12 people, the Dispatch reports. They complained nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea, WCMH Channel 4 reports.

According to Business Insider, the restaurant was inspected last week by Delaware County health officials. The inspection noted that lettuce was not properly cooled and beans were not held at a warm enough temperature.

The Dispatch says the report does credit restaurant workers with “great hand-washing while on site.”

CNBC reports Chipotle’s stock fell nearly 4 percent after news of the closing of the Powell location.

In 2015, Chipotle had to temporarily close dozens of locations across the U.S. because of an E. coli outbreak, which also affected Northeast Ohio.

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