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Chipotle to Close All Stores for a Day

Company will hold all-staff food safety meeting Feb. 8

(Newser) - Your Chipotle craving—if you still get those—may have to go unsatisfied on Feb. 8: The chain is closing all of its nearly 1,900 restaurants across the country for a few hours to hold an all-staff food safety meeting. A company rep tells the Chicago Tribune that the... More »

Feds Subpoena Chipotle in Norovirus Outbreak

Looks like that food poisoning in California is leading to all sorts of problems

(Newser) - Sickened customers and employees, bad publicity, and tumbling stock prices were apparently just the beginning of Chipotle's woes. Now the restaurant chain has been slapped with a federal subpoena as part of a criminal investigation into a food poisoning outbreak in August, the AP reports. The subpoena received in... More »

How Chipotle Is Changing After Outbreak

It's tweaking how it prepares veggies, meat

(Newser) - After an E. coli outbreak that sickened more than 50 people, Chipotle is tweaking its cooking methods. Onions will be dipped in boiling water to kill germs before they're chopped. Raw chicken will be marinated in resealable plastic bags, rather than in bowls. Cilantro will be added to freshly... More »

More E. Coli Cases Linked to Chipotle

Restaurant says cases are tied to earlier outbreak

(Newser) - The CDC said Monday it's investigating a more recent batch of E. coli cases linked to Chipotle, and that it doesn't know yet if they're linked to a larger outbreak that began in October. So far, the agency said five people have been reported sick in the... More »

80 Boston Students Sick After Eating at Chipotle

But this time, it doesn't appear to be E. coli

(Newser) - Chipotle's health headaches are growing: About 80 students from Boston College who ate at a local restaurant over the weekend have gotten sick, reports the AP . That total, which includes members of the men's basketball team, more than doubled from Monday's estimate. However, unlike an E. coli... More »

Chipotle E. Coli Outbreak Gets Worse

Now people in 6 states have been affected

(Newser) - An outbreak of E. coli linked to Chipotle that originated in the Pacific Northwest has spread south and east and has now infected people in six states. New cases have been reported in California, New York, and Ohio, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The first cases... More »

Chipotle Closes Restaurants After E. Coli Outbreak

At least 22 people have been sickened in Oregon and Washington

(Newser) - Chipotle has closed more than 40 restaurants in Washington and Oregon after at least 22 people became sick from E. coli after eating there, the AP reports. The Oregon Health Authority announced Saturday that three people got sick in the Portland area and at least 19 people were sickened in... More »

Chipotle Hiring Blitz: 4K Workers, One Day

Chain hopes to recruit thousands during 'National Career Day' on Sept. 9

(Newser) - In the restaurant industry's continued "war on talent," Chipotle is fighting back against a tight labor market with a single-day blitz next month in which it hopes to hire 4,000 workers in one fell swoop, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Sept. 9 "National Career... More »

How to Nearly Double Your Chipotle Burrito for Free

A nation's college students rejoice

(Newser) - Are you cheap and gluttonous? Do you also love Chipotle? (Just kidding; if you're cheap and gluttonous, you obviously love Chipotle.) Then you'll want to read this method for nearly doubling the size of your burrito from the Mexican restaurant chain at no extra cost. The burrito... More »

Chipotle's Tricky Quest: a Tortilla From 4 Ingredients

Making one with whole-wheat flour, water, oil, and salt, isn't easy

(Newser) - Two months after cutting GMO ingredients from its menu, Chipotle has moved on to making "artisanal tortillas on an industrial scale," says founder Steve Ells. The chain has teamed up with the Bread Lab at Washington State University—who says research isn't appetizing?—in the pursuit of... More »

Now You Can Make Chipotle Guacamole at Home

Chain reveals its recipe

(Newser) - Chipotle's latest move touting its healthy ingredients : Yesterday morning, it revealed its guacamole recipe online, Consumerist reports. There are no secret ingredients: It's just two ripe Hass avocados (they "should feel squishy yet firm" and "be a nice dark green color on the inside") with... More »

Chipotle Goes GM-Free Today

First major fast-food chain in US to stop serving genetically altered fare

(Newser) - If you're looking to scarf down a GMO burrito anytime soon, you won't be able to get it from Chipotle. As of today, customers won't find any genetically modified organisms lurking on the fast-food Mexican chain's menu, after it spent two years working to decimate GMOs... More »

Nobody Notices Clinton at Chipotle

That may be because she has more fans in Baghdad

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton is running for president, but she can still go for a chicken burrito bowl in peace, at least in the Toledo suburb of Maumee in Ohio. Clinton, wearing sunglasses and accompanied by aide Huma Abedin, carried her own tray and attracted almost no attention at all during the... More »

Pork Trouble Doesn't Bode Well for Chipotle

Analyst wonders if chain can keep expanding and stay true to sustainability

(Newser) - Those looking for pork in their burrito at Chipotle in the near future might be out luck. The chain has suspended pork sales at a third of its 1,700 US restaurants over an unnamed supplier's treatment of pigs, reports MarketWatch . The issue is that the pigs didn't... More »

America's Worst Burgers Found At...

McDonald's, per 'Consumer Reports' subscribers

(Newser) - Love biting a McDonald's burger? Then you're likely not a Consumer Reports subscriber. Some 32,405 subscribers weighed in on their experiences at 65 fast-food and fast-casual chains, and they handed McDonald's the title of worst-tasting burger (on a scale of 1 to 10, the chain's... More »

Chipotle to Customers: Leave Your Guns at Home

Open-carry group spurs change in policy

(Newser) - Chipotle customers, even in open-carry states, are now going to have to eat their burritos unarmed. The chain decided to ban guns after a group of people from an open-carry demonstration turned up in a Texas branch toting weapons including military-style assault rifles, the Los Angeles Times reports. The group... More »

Now on Chipotle Cups: Stories by Famous Writers

Jonathan Safran Foer spearheads project

(Newser) - Jonathan Safran Foer. Toni Morrison. George Saunders. Michael Lewis. Malcolm Gladwell. They're some of the most famous authors working today, and now they're lending their prose to, of all things, fast-food packaging. Starting today, cups and bags at Chipotle Mexican Grill will come adorned with text from one... More »

Chipotle Guacamole: New Climate Casualty?

Company warns it may have to stop serving it

(Newser) - How's this for a real-world casualty of climate change? Chipotle is warning that it might have to stop serving guacamole, reports ThinkProgress . In its annual report, the chain warned investors that events "associated with climate change" are driving up the price of all kinds of ingredients—including avocado—... More »

Guy Launches Kickstarter to Buy $8 Burrito, Rakes It In

Noboru Bitoy is a genius

(Newser) - Kickstarter exists to fund dreams, and graphic design student Noboru Bitoy had a very, er, ambitious one: He wanted a Chipotle chicken burrito. So the Chicagoan threw up a project in which he promised to eat a burrito, rate it, and create a "Deliciousness Graph." He set the... More »

Chipotle's Next Frontier: Pizza

Launched Pizzeria Locale in Denver, looking to open 2 new spots

(Newser) - Chipotle has quietly made the move from Mexican to Italian: The fast food brand has been dishing out premium pizzas in Denver under the name Pizzeria Locale since May, after it spent 18 months revamping the joint, NBC News reports. Like the brand's burrito method, the pizza concept is... More »

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