CDC Says You Can Eat At Chipotle Safely Again — But Do You Still Want To?? VOTE HERE!

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Great news, Chipotle fanatics!

The Center for Disease Control announced Monday that the Mexican Grill’s E. coli outbreak is over!

After 55 people were infected by the foodborne illness in 11 states, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service conducted investigations of the outbreak.

The chain shut down stores after the first outbreak, in which 21 of the infected customers were hospitalized.

Related: Lawsuit Claims Chipotle Tried To Cover Up Those Outbreaks!

An additional customer was hospitalized from a second smaller outbreak, which infected five people from three states. But neither outbreak had reports of death or hemolytic uremic syndrome — which can lead to kidney failure.

Chris Arnold, a spokesperson for the chain restaurant, said in a statement:

“We are pleased that the CDC has concluded its investigation, and we have offered our full cooperation throughout. Over the past few months we have taken significant steps to improve the safety of all of the food we serve, and we are confident that the changes we have made mean that every item on our menu is delicious and safe.”

The Denver-based company, which has over 1,900 locations, is already making steps to tighten its food safety – including chopping tomatoes and lettuce to a contained location and blanching onions before they’re chopped.

Confident this outbreak will never happen again, Chipotle will invite customers back to dine in February after temporarily closing its stores!

But we’re not so sure that customers will be lining up around the block, as nine lawsuits have already been filed. And reportedly, more lawsuits are coming from victims of the outbreak!

We’ll find out how forgiving customers are when stores open up in a few weeks…

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Feb 1, 2016 2:52pm PST

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