Why Did Chipotle Suddenly Close 43 Stores?

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If you went to your local Chipotle on Halloween, all dressed up with your "unnecessary additive" costume to score your $3 burrito and discovered it was lights out at your fave fast-food joint, you weren't alone.

And while we completely understand the crushing disappointment of thinking you're about to devour some delicious Chipotle delight and then having your plans suddenly change on you, when you hear WHY they closed, you'll see that they actually did you a solid.

Turns out, they temporarily shut down a total of 43 restaurants across Washington and Oregon due to an E.coli outbreak.


See? Told ya...

The exact source of the contamination is yet to be determined, and the investigation is centering around six stores in the Seattle and Portland area, but Chipotle chose to close the others as a precautionary measure. "We immediately closed all of our restaurants in the area out of an abundance of caution, even though the vast majority of these restaurants have no reported problems," a Chipotle spokesperson said in a statement.

Nobody has died as a result of the contamination, however, either people were hospitalized. "I've never gotten sick like this," one of the patients told KATU. "The excruciating pain in my abdomen was something I've never experienced. It feels like your guts are being ripped out."

According to the Mayo Clinic, some symptoms of E.coli poisoning can include: abdominal cramping, pain or tenderness; diarrhea which may range from mild and watery to severe and bloody; and, in some people, nausea and vomiting.
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