This week, Ohio public health officials say they’ve identified 624 people who ate food from one particular Chipotle location between July 26 and July 30—and ended up with more than a burrito baby. According to their reports, people have become sick with some classic foodborne illness symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Since reports originally surfaced last week, the Chipotle location (on Sawmill Parkway in Powell, Ohio) closed for a day to allow the food inspection team to investigate. “Based on the food protection procedures followed by the facility, the inspection team found no reason for the facility to not reopen,” the department wrote in an update. No illnesses have been reported since the location opened back up.
A spokesperson for Chipotle directed SELF to the statement the company released last week: “We have continued to cooperate with health officials since we reopened the Powell, OH, restaurant last Tuesday after voluntarily closing it for 24 hours to implement our food safety response protocols that included total replacement of all food inventory and a complete cleaning and sanitation of the restaurant,” the statement reads. “The health of our guests and employees is our top priority.”
After a week of investigation, the source of the outbreak still remains unknown.
According to an update on Wednesday from Ohio public health officials, despite stool testing and hundreds of interviews, they haven’t yet narrowed down the source. They have been able to rule out some common offenders, though, including E. coli, norovirus, shigella, and salmonella. Additionally, health officials say they have sent stool samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for further testing.