Chipotle shuts Ohio restaurant after reports of illness

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More than 400 people said they fell ill after eating at an Ohio Chipotle that is thought to be at the center of an illness outbreak, according to a website that tracks foodborne illnesses.

Health officials told ABC News that people who ate at the location complained of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea after eating at the restaurant from July 26 to 30.

Reports of illness first surfaced Sunday on the website iwaspoisoned.com, and surged into the hundreds following Business Insider's report.

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Chipotle shares fell in after-hours trading Monday after a report that one of the company's restaurants in OH closed following some reports of customers falling ill. "We are working with the local health department and we plan to reopen this restaurant today", Schalow said on Tuesday. [FREE GUIDE: 3 things you (probably) didn't know about crisis communications]Chipotle was informed of two customer complaints of illness at its Powell restaurant, Laurie Schalow, the company's chief communications officer, said in an email.

"The Health District food inspection team inspected the restaurant this afternoon". "We are not aware of any confirmed food borne illness cases, and we are cooperating with the local health department".

Specifically, lettuce was not properly cooled and beans were not held at a warm enough temperature. County health officials said in a statement on Tuesday that the number of people who have reported getting ill at the restaurant has jumped to 368.

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Last July, Chipotle retrained kitchen crews on food safety after identifying a sick employee as the cause of a Norovirus outbreak that forced it to briefly close a restaurant in Virginia.

Just months before the 2015 food safety incidents, Chipotle was trading at over $700.

In June, Chipotle announced it was closing down as many as 65 underperforming restaurants across the world. Diversified Restaurant is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Chipotle Mexican Grill, indicating that it is now the more affordable of the two stocks.

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This is not, as they say, Chipotle's first rodeo; in 2015, a series of norovirus, salmonella, and e. coli outbreaks across the United States resulted in hefty sale and revenue decreases, as well as a loss of customer trust.

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