The Chipotle Food Safety Problem Continues

Chipotle has only had bad press for the past few years. A few too many food poisoning outbreaks have come out over the years. Sales have dropped as a result. And now with new management, have the old Chipotle problems pass?

Short answer; no. The Monday just past, one of the Chipotle restaurants in Powell, Ohio was closed. This was because there was a number of customers got sick and the restaurant needed to be reviewed. The restaurant reopened Tuesday.

This is the first food safety outbreak of Chipotle’s new CEO, Brian Niccol’s first big test. He became the CEO in March and since then has worked to better this trend. However, this incident revealed that this Mexican fast-food chain still has a long way to go. That is despite the fact that since January, Chipotle’s stock is up more than 50%. Niccol’s confidence lead the company through a successful turnaround.

In this particular scandal, the inspection by a local health department found that the restaurant was not keeping its lettuce and beans at proper temperatures, according to Business Insider. It is unclear if this was the cause of the reported illnesses, which included symptoms like vomiting, nausea and fever.

How can you prevent your food business fall into the same cyclical fate with Chipotle? What practices do you need in place in your business?

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