America’s favorite Mexican grill, Chipotle, has been served with a federal subpoena as part of a criminal investigation. The subpoena requires Chipotle to produce a series of documentation for their Simi Valley, California restaurant where a norovirus outbreak took place this past August.
According to the Associated Press, “The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations.”
The E. coli (Escherichia coli) outbreak at the established chain restaurant spread to six different states including California, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington. Additionally, Chipotle voluntarily closed 43 restaurants in Washington and Oregon. According to Food Safety News, more than 500 people fell ill after eating at Chipotle in the last half of 2015.
Co-CEO Steve Ells said Chipotle may never know what ingredient was to blame for the E. coli cases. However, according to the World Health Organization, E. coli is most commonly caused by the consumption of raw or undercooked ground meat products, raw milk, and contaminated vegetables.
So it looks like Chipotle fans will have to move on to Moe’s.