It looks as though 2016 is not going to be any less of a disaster for Chipotle. In the company’s most recent 8k filing, the restaurant chain said it has been pinned with a Federal Grand Jury subpoena dated in December of 2015 due to the norovirus outbreaks that occurred in the summer of 2015 at a California location.


According to the Associated Press, the investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration. The subpoena requires Chipotle to provide various documents from its Simi Valley, California location where the outbreak occurred.

CNN reports that the restaurant chain believes the norovirus outbreak was isolated but the chain will still cooperate by any means necessary. Chipotle states in its filing,


“It is not possible at this time to determine whether we will incur, or to reasonably estimate the amount of, any fines, penalties or further liabilities in connection with the investigation pursuant to which the subpoena was issued,”

Last month, Chipotle was hit with a different norovirus outbreak at one Boston location, sickening somewhere around 140 people. 

In addition to this subpoena regarding the California location, a mother whose child fell ill from the Boston location is looking to press charges, with additional customers expected to follow.

Without a doubt, 2015 served as a rough year for Chipotle, but the chain has plans to change its prep-methods in an attempt to improve its standards.


[via CNN, AP]

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