Before the holidays, Chipotle had an E.coli outbreak along the West Coast and random locations in the Northeast that had people very concerned.
E. coli caused severe illness for 50 patrons in 11 states. When another minor outbreak of E. coli broke out in mid-December, affecting five people in three states, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) got involved.
This week, they ended that involvement.
After a month-long investigation that caused slight panic in burritos and stocks to plummet $250 (a piece), the U.S. Government finally has provided its findings. And in typical governmental fashion — they didn’t find a damn thing.
The CDC advised that both outbreaks “appear to be over,” and shared that its investigators weren’t able to figure out what ingredients caused them. Of course, they would like us all to know that “It can be difficult to determine the source of an outbreak when a restaurant serves or cooks multiple ingredients together.”
So, can we go back to eating non-GMO burritos?
“We are pleased that the CDC has concluded its investigation, and we have offered our full cooperation throughout,” said spokesman Chris Arnold. “Over the past few months we have taken significant steps to improve the safety of all of the food we serve, and we are confident that the changes we have made mean that every item on our menu is delicious and safe.”
Guess so. Thanks Obama… or whoever is to blame for our tax dollars at waste this time.
[PHOTO: AP Photo/Steven Senne; SOURCE: USA Today]