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Food Safety News continues to be incredulous at Chipotle’s apparent denial of responsibility for the safety of food served in its outlets.
For sure, what has happened at Chipotle restaurants is unusual—illnesses caused by multiple toxic microbes at multiple locations:
Chipotle did the obvious right thing. It brought on board the most experienced and highly regarded food safety experts: Mansour Samadpour (he has a food safety consulting company), James Marsden (to head up its food safety initiatives), Dave Theno (formerly of Jack in the Box) and David Acheson (former FDA food safety official).
Perhaps before they had time to weigh in, Chipotle’s counsel wrote a letter to the CDC complaining about the way the agency was conducting its investigation.
Food safety lawyer Bill Marler says:
My thought: “In 23 years being involved with every major food illness outbreak in the US, I have never seen a company take on the CDC or public health in this manner. Frankly, it is bizarre given that Chipotle was involved in multiple Salmonella, Norovirus and E. coli cases in 2015. As the CDC states in its responsive letter, it has to protect the public health and that is what it did.”
His view of the score: CDC 1, Chipotle Lawyer 0.
Chipotle’s food safety consultants have their work cut out for them. Let’s hope they figure out the problem and find ways to solve it—soon.