Over 700 people fell ill after eating at a Chipotle (NYSE: CMG) at an Ohio location over the last week of July, Ohio health officials state. Between the dates of July 24th and July 30th, the Delaware General Health District counted 624 cases where people reported feeling ill after eating at the Chipotle in Powell.
At least two lawsuits have been filed against the chain restaurant, by two men, Clayton Jones, and Filip Szyller. Jones claims that he had eaten a burrito bowl from the Chipotle in Powell and fell ill the next day. According to the complaint, he received care from a primary care physician. Another lawsuit followed when Szyller complained that he ordered three tacos from the same store on July 29 and also fell ill the next day. Szyller and Jones are seeking at least USD 25,000 each in damages.
“The health of our guests and employees is out top priority,” spokeswoman Laurie Schalow said in a statement. She declined to comment on the lawsuits.
Chipotle voluntarily closed down the Powell location restaurant following after the numerous illnesses were reported to sanitize its restaurant and replace all its food. It reopened after closing down for a day and no reports of illness have been made, according to the Delaware General Health District.
This is not the first time that Chipotle has had food-safety incidents. In 2015, 207 people fell ill with norovirus after eating at a California location.
The cause for these illnesses are still unknown as labs are running tests in an attempt to find out what the reason is. The Dayton Daily News has reported that previous tests performed have come back negative for Salmonella, Shigella, E. Coli, and Norovirus.