Taco Bell is sure having a laugh today and probably buying a full-page ad in the tomorrow’s paper that will read: “And You Thought WE Were The Ones Serving Mystery Meat!”
For the last several years, Chipotle has been known for giving guests the runs than for satisfactory grass-fed meat they blab about all over their soda cups. Juuuuuust when the company thought it was safe to start munching on barbacoa again, a Chipotle in Ohio is believed to be the reason why over 700 people have the squirts…and other pretty terrible sounding symptoms.
The Dayton Daily News says there are lawsuits a-flying in the Buckeye State against the Chipotle in Powell believed to be the source of all the illnesses. The local health department got 703 inquiries into potential foodborne illness, and they still don’t know shit! No, really. They conducted 513 interviews and a load of stool samples, and your guess is as good as theirs. The tests have come back negative for what Chipotle has been in deep doo doo over before: norovirus, E. Coli, and salmonella. The next steps are testing leftover food and apparently finding a good lawyer.
Two lawsuits are already underway, including one by a man who still needs medical treatment after eating at the Chipotle in late July. He’s asking for $25,000 in damages, and his attorney basically said there’s going to be an avalanche of more to come:
“This is the first of many lawsuits we will be filing on behalf of local residents who were sickened by contaminated Chipotle food. We have handled hundreds of claims against Chipotle as this is Chipotle’s seventh food poisoning outbreak in the last 3 years. These lawsuits will force Chipotle to change its ways and make its food safer for everyone not just in Powell, Ohio, but across the United States.”
Honestly, I don’t think anyone considers it a successful trip to Chipotle unless you’re flooring it in your car to find the nearest gas station bathroom after – maybe we’re all entitled to $25K!
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