Mere weeks after Chipotle has cleaned up the mess that followed a massive E. coli outbreak that sickened customers in six states, more bouts of illness have been reported. According to Reuters, at least 30 people were sickened after eating at a Chipotle in Boston, including most of the men’s Boston College basketball team.
The restaurant in question at Boston's Cleveland Circle has been temporarily closed while Chipotle works with local health authorities to determine the cause of the latest outbreak. It is unclear at this time whether the illnesses are at all linked to the massive E. coli scare that closed almost 50 Chipotle locations last month.
"We do not have any evidence to suggest that this incident is related to the previous E. coli incident," Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold said in an email. "There are no confirmed cases of E. coli connected to Chipotle in Massachusetts."
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health received complaints of illness from more than 20 students, and Boston College officials sent out a mass email warning students of the probable food poisoning outbreak.
Since the original E. coli incident, Chipotle’s stock shares have fallen at least eight percent. Earlier this week, Chipotle sent out a statement vowing to become “an industry leader in food safety standards.”