Chipotle Food Poisoning Lawsuit Filed Amid Outbreaks

Chipotle Food Poisoning Lawsuit Filed Amid Outbreaks

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Color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph showing Salmonella typhimurium (red) invading cultured human cells.

September 11, 2015 — A lawsuit has been filed by two women who got food poisoning after eating at a Chipotle restaurant in Simi Valley, California, Law360 reports.

The Chipotle restaurant was linked to an outbreak of norovirus on August 18 and 19. At least 98 customers and 17 employees were sickened by the highly-contagious virus.

Inspectors found that the restaurant was in unsanitary condition, with dirty equipment or utensils, flying insects, lack of valid food handler cards, unclean restrooms, and equipment connected directly to the sewer.

The lawsuit was filed by Alyssa McDonald, who experienced severe nausea, vomiting, explosive diarrhea, chest pain, and dehydration. Her stool samples tested positive for norovirus.

The other plaintiff, Kristin Mattina, suffered full body-aches, muscle spasms, stomach pain, joint pain, and diarrhea. As her symptoms continued unabated, she went to the emergency room for further treatment. Both plaintiffs continue to experience soft stool and diarrhea.

Chipotle Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 45 in Minnesota

According to the Star-Tribune, a separate outbreak of Salmonella has been linked to Chipotle restaurants in Minnesota.

At least 45 people have reported illness, including five who were hospitalized. The source of the outbreak was not confirmed but health officials said it had been removed from all restaurants in the state. Victims in the outbreak are believed to have eaten at the restaurants from August 16-26.

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