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Actor Jeremy Jordan Hospitalized After Eating Chipotle, Says ‘I Almost Died’

Chipotle’s latest food poisoning scandal has finally hit Hollywood as actor Jeremy Jordan stated he was recently hospitalized after eating at the much-maligned eatery.

According to People Magazine, the “Supergirl” star posted Instagram videos of himself at the hospital November 9, saying:

“I know I’ve advocated for them in the past, but they’re terrible. I, as you can see, am in the hospital and I have fluids in my arm because the food did not agree with me, and I almost died.”

Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold responded to Jordan’s claims, telling CNBC:

“We were sorry to hear Jeremy was sick and were able to get in touch with him directly regarding where and when he ate. There have been no other reported claims of illness at the restaurant where he dined. We take all claims seriously, but we can’t confirm any link to Chipotle given the details he shared with us.”

Even with Chipotle saying that there is no conclusive evidence that Chipotle was the cause of his sickness, the Mexican-ish restaurant’s stock price dropped by a whole 2.7 percent, Monday.

Chipotle’s reputation has taken a hit over the years, as several stores have been hit with Norovirus cases, and it seems that every time they try to dust themselves off, a new case surfaces.

We’ll see how they try to come back from this PR nightmare, but it might be a little tougher this time around with a notable celebrity attached to the story.

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More Than 230 People Infected By Norovirus From Ohio Donut Shop

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Norovirus is in the air, but this time Chipotle can take a breath. A donut shop in Ohio has been linked to more than 230 cases of the pathogen.

Consumerist reports that Mama C’s Donuts in Toledo, Ohio, has shut down after 230 cases and climbing of norovirus have been reported from patrons who ate there between Aug. 4 through Aug. 7. Samples taken from the restaurant tested positive for the pathogen while hundreds claim they became sick from eating there.

On Tuesday, the restaurant officially closed down in order to be properly sanitized and will remain so until health officials give them the thumbs up to reopen their doors.

The norovirus is spread when infected employees handle food, and is extremely difficult to contain once it spreads. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of the norovirus include: abdominal pain, headaches, fever, muscle aches, and diarrhea.

Hopefully everything gets a thorough cleaning and the donut shop can reopen once again. Mama C’s has been in the Toledo area for 14 years.

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Fast Food News

Chipotle Is Testing A Drive-Thru, So No More Standing In Ridiculous Lines

Chipotle is finally testing a drive-thru window in one of its locations, adding convenience to the Mexican-ish fast-casual restaurant that is going through a PR nightmare at the moment.

The drive-thru is going to begin testing at a currently undisclosed Ohio location, according to Food and Wine.

Of course, since Chipotle considers itself above the typical fast-food restaurant concept, it wouldn’t dare call this a drive-thru, but is instead going with “vehicular pickup window.” (Your food gives people the shits, Chipotle. Stop acting like you’re special, and just call it a drive-thru.)

Upon first glance, a Chipotle drive-thru sounds like a godsend, as you wouldn’t have to stand in those lines, and you can order your favorite burrito in the comfort of your own car. On second thought, we’re not sure how the hell a drive-thru would work for a restaurant that requires to build your own food. It just sounds like it’s going to be hell for the employees, unless the drive-thru consists of pre-made burritos.

Of course, since this is the first test run, there aren’t talks about expanding the drive-thru, but if successful, you might see them more often. Let’s not forget that Ohio was where Chipotle has been testing its underwhelming burger concept, that has yet to expand.

Chipotle is obviously interested in jumping into the fast food realm, though it should focus on no longer getting hundreds of people sick.

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Fast Food Health

More Than 135 People Got Sick After Eating At Virginia Chipotle

After all the major changes Chiptole made in 2015 to ensure that a crazy food poisoning outbreak never happened again, a crazy food poisoning outbreak happened, again.

Late last week, a man reportedly tested positive for norovirus after eating at a Virginia Chipotle, and everyone’s ears perked up again.

Well, it might have actually been a little worse than that one case, as the Loudoun County health department said they’ve found more than 135 cases where customers got sick after eating at that Virginia location between July 13 and 16.

Thankfully, there have not been any more reports of people getting sick since the Chipotle reopened Wednesday, July 19, but that hasn’t stopped people from freaking out, as Chipotle’s stock sunk by by $26 last week. Some shareholders are even suing the company over food safety issues.

The sky has been falling for Chipotle, almost literally, as video even surfaced last week showing mice falling from a Dallas Chipotle’s ceiling.

The fast-casual restaurant cannot catch a break, but they’ve apologized and said the Virginia outbreak was an isolated incident.

We’ll have to see how Chipotle bounces back from all this madness surrounding them, but it’s not looking good.

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Hit-Or-Miss

Virginia Chipotle Customer Officially Tests Positive For Norovirus

A few days ago, a man in Virginia claimed he got sick from eating at a Chipotle. He was among many customers that complained about getting sick at the fast-casual Mexican grill, prompting the location to be shut down temporarily for cleaning. A big concern was a potential resurgence of the norovirus which did the company some pretty sizable damage back in 2013.

Time reports that one person who ate at the Sterling-based restaurant has officially tested positive for norovirus. The results were obtained through a stool sample from the patron.

Symptoms of the pathogen include nausea, diarrhea, and projectile vomiting. Sources of the virus are typically from when a sick employee serves food.

While one positive test isn’t enough to include that the norovirus is what made those customers sick, if a second or third were to come to light we could be looking at another unfortunate norovirus incident.

Chipotle shares dropped 4.5 percent since the event, which has been the lowest the company’s seen since 2013.

In related news, a Dallas Chipotle had rats raining out of the ceiling.

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Health News Technology

Researchers Develop New Method To Kill Norovirus In Prepared Food

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Norovirus – one of the most notorious food-borne pathogens on the entire planet. We know it as “the cruise ship virus” because of it’s ability to spread rapidly in confined areas. It’s the leading cause of foodborne illness in the United States, affecting over 20 million people per year. Norovirus is incredibly hard to detect and even harder to kill.

However, new research out of The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities may have just made taking out this pesky virus a little bit easier.

The method that Dr. Hamada Aboubakr and his team developed involves the usage of an ionized gas generated by cold plasma. The “cold plasma treatment,” as it was called, was utilized on contaminated stainless steel surfaces and romaine lettuce leaves for five minutes, wiping out 99% of the norovirus particles on both.

As of now, methods to kill norovirus include bleach and extensive cleaning – both of which occur after a population has been infected. Cooking food thoroughly kills norovirus in raw food – but most infections occur as a result of contamination on food that’s cooked or prepped already, such as on cruise ships. No method exists yet to kill norovirus contaminations in that regard, meaning this cold plasma method could be the first.

This research, which was presented at this month’s meeting of the American Society for Microbiology Biothreats, could be utilized to kill norovrius on cruise ships, produce aisles, and restaurants across the United States. While it can’t prevent contamination from occurring when a pre-infected individual touches the food, the cold plasma gas can kill norovirus particles left behind.

While it’s not ready for commercial food use yet, research should continue to grow as the plasma method will be tested on other produce items and developed for usage on cruise ships and other places susceptible to norovirus contamination.

Dr. Aboubakr’s novel method should definitely decrease the amount of norovirus infections in the United States by a significant margin, dealing a huge blow to one of the nastiest food-borne pathogens out there.

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Fast Food

This Is Who Chipotle’s Blaming For Scaring Their Customers Away

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Chipotle’s in the news again. No, people haven’t gotten sick from another outbreak of E. coli or norovirus. At least that we know of. Rather, the fast-casual Mexican Grill called out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a letter for scaring away their customers.

According to Chipotle’s lawyers, the CDC was too eager to update the public on all the food borne illnesses that happened at the restaurant chain. This led to unnecessarily intensifying the public’s concern.

While Chipotle admits that early announcements of all the outbreaks were important to public safety, the ones that followed were only scared patrons rather than provide further, or useful, information.

The CDC responded with a letter also, saying that they followed the guidelines to protect and inform the public during all the stuff that went down last year. They felt all the updates served a purpose as the threat was still “ongoing.”

Do you think Chipotle was right to call the government agency out? Or do you feel better being up-to-date with every detail that went down during the outbreaks?

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Fast Food

Angry Mother Gets The Ball Rolling With First Chipotle Norovirus Lawsuit

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Earlier this month, Boston became ground zero for a massive norovirus outbreak originating from a Chipotle near the campus of Boston University. With about 150 cases reported, the first lawsuit is underway.

The mother of a 16-year-old kid who ate a burrito and caught the norovirus sued the chain for damages her son suffered through, the Globe reports.

Currently, their attorney Bill Marler has represented a fair amount of Chipotle customer lawsuits. His credentials include those who got sick recently from the E. coli outbreak in the West Coast.

Marler spoke to the Globe and told them he’s also been speaking with students from Boston College who also got sick from Chipotle.

The restaurant was inspected by Health officials and was cited for three major violations which included failure to cook chicken and beef at the proper temperature and an employee being sick while on the job.

Currently, the restaurant location remains closed.