Chipotle Closes 43 Restaurants Due To E. Coli Outbreak, Nation Holds Its Breath

Chipotle Closes 43 Restaurants Due To E. Coli Outbreak, Nation Holds Its Breath

Back in the ‘90s, when “gluten-free” wasn’t a thing and “pink slime” was more likely to be something on Nickelodeon, my family ate fast food on the regular. My sister and I had an extensive collection of happy meal toys, and Coke was our lifeblood. That is until one fateful McChicken incident led me hurling toward the bathroom (literally). I had never been so sick in my entire life. Starting that day, I swore off fast food in hopes of never encountering explosive diarrhea (more than the usual) ever again.

But then Chipotle came into my life. It is a guilty pleasure that isn’t so guilty. It’s a “healthy” choice as far as most lunches go–not like that dog food served at your favorite taco joint. I could get my lunch fast and still have a great, hormone-free meal for about 7 bucks. Not bad, right?

Until now, as Chipotle has now closed 43 restaurants in Oregon and Washington due to an E. coli investigation. According to ABC, there are three reported cases of E. coli in Oregon and at least 19 in Washington, and one third of the affected have been hospitalized.

Chipotle, where did it all go wrong? How could you do this to me? I thought we had an agreement here. You were supposed to be better than the others. I just can’t believe you’re letting this come between us. Where am I supposed to eat lunch now? Panera!?

So, if you live in the northwestern region of the US and experience beyond average bowel problems after eating Chipotle this week, you better take yourself on home. There’s a chance it could be more than a little a post-burrito poo.

Via [ABC News]

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