Boston College Students Sick After Eating Chipotle
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Nearly two dozen students from Boston College have gotten sick after eating at a Chipotle last week.
The students, many of whom are from the school’s men’s basketball team, ate at Chipotle’s Cleveland Circle restaurant in Boston, which has since been closed due to investigations. Their sickness is believed to be linked to an E. coli outbreak that has been plaguing several Chipotle restaurants since October.
According to Chipotle, “Thousands of food sample tests from Chipotle restaurants linked to the incident have shown no E. coli. No ingredients that are likely to have been connected to this restaurant remain in Chipotle’s supply system. No Chipotle employees have been identified as having E. coli since this incident began.”
The Center for Disease Control has confirmed that 52 people have reported the symptoms of E. coli in California, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington, and most of the people were said to have visited a Chipotle before their symptoms arose. Twenty of those people have since been hospitalized.
Chipotle has also stated that it is, “working with Seattle-based IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group to help us identify opportunities to enhance food safety practices throughout our operations – from the farms that supply our food to our restaurants that prepare and serve it.”
Symptoms of E. coli can typically begin anywhere from two to eight days after consumption of a contaminated object and can include diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.