No confirmed Texas cases of E. coli or norovirus connected to Chipotle

A pedestrian walks past a closed Chipotle restaurant Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, in Seattle. An E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle restaurants in Washington state and Oregon has sickened nearly two dozen people in the third outbreak of foodborne illness at the popular chain this year. Cases of the bacterial illness were traced to six of the fast-casual Mexican food restaurants, but the company voluntarily closed down 43 of its locations in the two states as a precaution. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

A pedestrian walks past a closed Chipotle restaurant Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, in Seattle. An E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle restaurants in Washington state and Oregon has sickened nearly two dozen people in the third outbreak of foodborne illness at the popular chain this year. Cases of the bacterial illness were traced to six of the fast-casual Mexican food restaurants, but the company voluntarily closed down 43 of its locations in the two states as a precaution. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Chipotle has been under increased scrutiny over the past several days. After closing a few dozen locations across the country due to an E.coli outbreak this fall, the restaurant chain closed a Boston location Monday after more than 120 Boston College students got sick from norovirus over the weekend.

The health concerns led to the company’s CEO, Steve Ells, to address the issues this morning on the “Today Show.” Ells promised that the company is “doing a lot to rectify” this situation, including completely sanitizing the restaurant and testing employees for illness. He also says that Chipotle, which is thoroughly investigating its food safety and has been unable to trace the cause of the E. coli, will be “the safest place to eat at.”

No Chipotle locations in Texas have reported any confirmed cases of E.coli or norovirus.

“There is no reason for people in Austin to be concerned about noro,” Chipotle communications director Chris Arnold said. “The noro incident is isolated to one restaurant in Boston. I¹d note that CDC reports that there are approximately 20 million cases of norovirus annually, making it the leading cause of gastroenteritis in the
country. The large number of cases of this illness is due partly because it can spread very easily through person-to-person contact, surfaces, or through food or drink. It¹s a very common illness, and one that is passed
very easily.”

 

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