Chipotle Ups Its Food Safety With 'Breakthrough' Technology

Last year, Chipotle was hit with lawsuits and foodborne illness outbreaks, but is sticking with its commitment to food safety by installing technology in its 2,200 locations that it claims will purify the air and clear out any harmful bacteria, mold, and viruses.

The fast food chain has tapped into RGF Environmental Group, Inc., a South Florida-based company that creates products that provide the "safest air, water, and food without the use of chemicals," according to the company website.

"We're excited to be working with Chipotle and their supply chain partners to bring them food safety interventions using effective non-chemical alternatives. It's what we do better than anyone else," Ron Fink, RGF President and CEO, said in a statement.

RGF's Reme Halo air purifier and IMSB Ice Machine Sanitizers were tested across a few locations for three months.

The company's Food Surface Sanitation Tunnel will also be used to prevent contamination in food processing environments with "breakthrough" technology to sanitize without using chemical sprays or baths. The sanitation system has previously been used as a method to control pathogens for beef, pork, poultry, seafood, fruits, and vegetables.