Did You Get Food Poisoning From Eating At Chipotle?
Known for providing consumers with fresh and nonprocessed ingredients that are stored, cooked and prepared on the premise, Chipotle has built a strong reputation as a healthier fast-food option. In recent years, however, the restaurant chain has been plagued by multiple outbreaks of foodborne illnesses.
In the span of just 24 months, Chipotle experienced seven large-scale food poisoning outbreaks. One of the most severe incidents occurred at a Powell, Ohio, location and left more than 400 customers suffering nausea, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal discomforts.
At Colley Shroyer Abraham, we represent individuals who have suffered harm, injury and losses after eating contaminated foods. If you are exposed to foodborne contaminants and pathogens like salmonella, E. coli, norovirus or cyclospora at a Chipotle or any other restaurant, we can help you take appropriate legal action.
Ways Foodborne Illnesses Spread
While there is an increased risk for contracting food poisoning and other food-related illnesses at restaurants that provide primarily fresh and nonprocessed ingredients, following proper food safety protocols can greatly reduce these risks.
Some of the most common ways that bacteria, viruses, germs and other contaminants are passed on through food products include:
- When employees do not wash hands
- When employees fail to wear gloves
- When employees who are ill are allowed to handle or remain in close proximity to food
- When ingredients are not stored properly
- When contamination and cross-contamination occurs
- When ingredients are not properly refrigerated and stored
- When food preparation equipment is not properly cleaned and sanitized
- When the meat is not properly refrigerated, cooked or prepared
Call A Products Liability Attorney To Learn About Your Rights And Options
If you become ill and experience gastrointestinal upset after eating at a Chipotle restaurant, it is wise to visit a doctor to determine if you have food poisoning or were exposed to some other serious type of foodborne illness.
Restaurants like Chipotle are legally required to take safety measures to protect consumers from suffering an injury. Our attorneys will stand up for you and help you assert your rights to recover compensation. Call a lawyer at our Columbus firm at 614-678-5072 or contact us online.