Northeast Ohio Chipotle locations linked to E. coli outbreak

Northeast Ohio Chipotle locations linked to E. coli outbreak
Chipotle offering free burrito's. (Source: WOIO)

NORTHEAST OHIO (WOIO) - Chipotle has confirmed that multiple E. coli cases have been linked to locations in northeast Ohio.

The Lyndhurst location in Legacy Village, the Parma location on West Ridgewood Drive, and the location at the University of Akron (East Exchange Street) were listed,

A spokeswoman with the company said they are not closing the locations because the timing of the visits, which were in mid to late October. She also said the stores are doing additional deep cleaning, replacing ingredients, providing supply chain data to investigators, and surveying crew members to determine if any were sick.

No employees have been reported any symptoms.

The CDC informed Chipotle that it found six additional cases in which testing matches the E. coli strain linked to the cases in Washington and Oregon. One of those cases is in Akron, two in California, one in New York and another in Minnesota.

Investigators said it is not unusual to see additional cases after the first incident. They added that the problem appears to have been contained to a period in late October.

Chipotle said that have taken "aggressive steps" to make sure restaurants are as safe as possible.

"We take this incident very seriously because the safety of our food and well being of our customers is always our highest priority," said Steve Ells, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle. "We are committed to taking any and all necessary actions to make sure our food is as safe as possible, and we are working diligently with the health agencies."

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