Chipotle Changes Tomato Suppliers After Salmonella Outbreak

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Chipotle was forced to change tomato suppliers in Minnesota last week after a Salmonella outbreak was detected as some of the chains stores. Officials are still attempting to determine which farm was responsible for the illness.

64 people reported being infected by the outbreak and 22 different Chipotle restaurant locations were identified.

The outbreak was reported by diners from August 16 to August 28. The age of infected customers ranges from 10 to 69 years old. Nine people were hospitalized because of the incident.

 

“It can take up to 10 days for symptoms of Salmonella to appear, another few days to a week before people go to their doctors and the cases get reported to us,” MDH epidemiologist Dana Eikmeier said in a statement. “There is no longer a risk of salmonella from this particular product at Chipotle.”

State officials began investigating the salmonella outbreak after 2 cases were reported in a short period of time.

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Salmonellosis can lead to diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever. In extreme cases the infection can result in blood stream infections, meningitis or even death.

The outbreak is still being investigated by Chipotle and health officials in Minnesota.