November 26, 2022

FILE – On this Nov. 9, 2015, file photograph, pedestrians stroll previous a still-closed Chipotle restaurant in Seattle. An outbreak of E. coli that originated within the Pacific Northwest has unfold south and east and has now contaminated individuals in six states. New circumstances have been reported in California, New York and Ohio, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention mentioned Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. (AP Picture/Elaine Thompson, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — An outbreak of E. coli linked to Chipotle that originated within the Pacific Northwest has unfold south and east and has now contaminated individuals in six states.

New circumstances have been reported in California, New York and Ohio, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention mentioned Friday. The primary circumstances have been found late final month in Oregon and Washington, and extra just lately in Minnesota.

Investigators have but to find out the precise ingredient linked to the sickness.

Thus far, 45 individuals have been contaminated, with 43 of them saying they ate at Chipotle within the week earlier than they turned sick. The CDC mentioned it’s conscious of sicknesses beginning on dates starting from Oct. 19 to Nov. 8. The company mentioned that sicknesses that passed off after Oct. 31 might not have been reported but.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. closed 43 eating places in Oregon and Washington in late October after well being officers found the general public sickened within the outbreak had eaten at its eating places. The eating places have since reopened.

“In the intervening time, we don’t imagine that it’s obligatory to shut any eating places,” Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold mentioned in an e mail. He mentioned the corporate has taken measures together with deep cleansing in eating places, changing elements and offering provide chain information to investigators.

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Chipotle, based mostly in Denver, has greater than 1,900 areas and has gained recognition by touting the freshness and high quality of its elements. Earlier this yr, the corporate bumped into bother after suspending a pork provider that violated its animal welfare requirements. That led to a scarcity of carnitas at a whole bunch of areas across the nation, which the corporate mentioned dampened its gross sales development.

On information Friday that the outbreak had unfold, shares of Chipotle plunged greater than 12 p.c to a brand new low for the yr.

Chipotle mentioned affected people reported consuming at eating places in Turlock, California; Akron, Ohio; Amherst, New York and Burnsville, Minnesota. The corporate mentioned it’s not conscious of any staff who’ve develop into sick.

Invoice Marler, a Seattle lawyer representing individuals who have been sickened, mentioned the unfold of the outbreak will make it simpler to find out the supply.

“It helps investigators hyperlink as much as a perishable merchandise,” Marler mentioned. “What they’re actually specializing in proper now could be the provision chain. What’s the frequent denominator? Who provided what product to those shops?”

Of these sickened, two have been in California, two in Minnesota, one in New York, one in Ohio, 13 in Oregon and 26 in Washington, in line with the CDC.

Sixteen individuals have been hospitalized, however there have been no deaths, the company mentioned.