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Chipotle Just Got Subpoenaed and Is Under Federal Investigation Over Recent Outbreaks

In the last few years, Chipotle has been taking beating after beating, not unlike Steve Rogers in the first act of Captain America: The First Avenger. To add on to the beatdown of Chipotle, the fast-casual Mexican Grill recently had more than a hundred customers get sick from their food, as well as a couple confirmed cases of norovirus resurfacing.

Now, Business Insider reports, Chipotle has been served a subpoena and is currently undergoing a federation investigation for all the recent food related illnesses that occurred at the restaurant since 2015.

Last week, a Chipotle location in Sterling, Virginia, was ground zero for another norovirus outbreak. The restaurant responded on Wednesday with a filing stating that they fully intend to cooperate with the investigation.

So far more than 100 people reported to that they became sick after eating at the Virginia location. It has also been confirmed that two of those customers have tested positive for the norovirus: a pathogen that causes diarrhea, stomach aches, and vomiting.

Chipotle’s recent foray into food safety issues parallels the events two years ago where customers also tested for norovirus as well as E. coli. It appears too many people are getting sick in such a short amount of time for food safety authorities to ignore.

The investigation will be conducted by the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California and the US Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations.

According to Business Insider, criminal investigations on outbreaks of food borne illnesses aren’t that common. This recent resurgence of norovirus, however, may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Hopefully they’ll soon get to the bottom of what’s making customers sick all the time.

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Chipotle Is Facing A Criminal Investigation Over Norovirus Outbreak


To say it’s been a rough year for Chipotle has been an understatement. Between the massive norovirus outbreaks and the E. coli incidents, the fast casual chain has seen better days. Now, it looks like the company will be facing a criminal investigation thanks to the norovirus outbreak at a Chipotle restaurant Simi Valley.

The Associate Press reports that a federal investigation is underway after 100 customers and 17 employees got sick last summer. According to Chipotle’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, it seems the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California will be working with the Food and Drug Administraiton’s Office of Criminal Investigations.

While this kind of investigation to an outbreak is very uncommon, a lawyer who represents the customers affected speculates that it could have something to do with employment violations.

In the month of December, when the majority of the shit hit the fan, the company reported a 30 percent plunge in sales at “established locations.”

Wonder if Chipotle will be able to turn things around this new year.

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Federal Agents Just Raided The Home Of JARED The Subway Spokesman


Federal authorities have raided the home of Subway’s Jared Fogle this morning. The Indiana residence of the sandwich spokesman has been swarming with FBI agents for hours as they search the house for an undisclosed reason.

However, FOX59 reports that warrants were being served by both federal and state investigators in what looks to be a connection with a child-pornography investigation.

Not good, Jared.

Russell Taylor, the director of Fogle’s charity, was arrested in connection with a child-pornography case earlier this year. He was found with more than 500 videos with images of child pornography and was also accused of producing it. Since his arrest, the Jared Foundation has severed ties with Taylor.

No word yet on Fogle’s connection to the current raid.

The Subway figurehead was best known for shedding more than 200 pounds by eating Subway. Presumably, moderate exercise was also involved.




This Company Was Caught Paying Workers with Beer


Turns out you can’t offer your employees beer instead of actual money, as a New Zealand business recently found. The business neglected pay an employee his expected wage and, by doing so, opened an investigation where it was discovered they also used alcohol as a form of payment.

SN Windows and Doors Ltd is now ordered to pay their former employee, Kinikinilau Uasike, more than $12,000, the New Zealand Herald reports. Uasike was paid under the standard minimum wage for about 6 months. He was then dismissed, being told there was no more work for him. The company also gave Uasike $80 for his troubles.

Uasike took his unfair dismissal to the Employment Relations Authority, which found that SN Windows and Doors Ltd did not keep accurate accounts of their payment records and even discovered that they would pay staff members with “a few beers” if they worked on Saturdays.

Uasike’s dismissal was found unjust. As a culmination of his unfair dismissal and pay shortages during the six months he worked there, the company was ordered to pay Uasike the $12,360.25.

Just hopefully not in beers.


BUSTED: Whole Foods Fined for Overcharging Californians


Ruh Roh, Whole Foods. The popular grocery chain was penalized a sum of close to $800,000 after a year-long investigation discovered that they were overcharging customers in the state of California. There’s about 74 Whole Foods total.

It was uncovered by State and local inspectors that purchased foods weighed less than how much they were advertised to cost for said weight. The weight of salad bar containers were also not subtracted after the final checkout, Fox News reports. According to prosecutors, this violated consumer protection laws under false advertising and unfair competition.

Whole Foods is set to pay $210,000 to the city attorneys of Los Angeles, Santa Monica and San Diego. The chain must also repay $100,000 to a weights and measurements enforcement fund. There will be both state and store pricing accuracy managers to prevent this from happening again as well as random quarterly audits in all 74 Whole Foods locations in California.

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