Chipotle slumps 9 percent after OH outlet linked to food poisoning complaints

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A spokeswoman for the Delaware General Health District said the agency is in the "infancy" stages of its investigation.

"The local health department has informed us of two customer complaints of illness at one restaurant in Powell", the company's chief communications officer, Laurie Schalow, said in a statement Tuesday. The company said it was working with local health officials. Patrick Quade, the founder of iwaspoisoned.com, told Business Insider that the number of reports had grown to 105, or 170 people sick, by Tuesday morning. Health officials said people who said they ate at the restaurant complained of symptoms ranging from nausea, vomiting and diarrhea after eating at the restaurant between Thursday and Monday.

The health district said it is still investigating while it awaits the test results.

A Chipotle restaurant in OH reopened Tuesday as officials investigate reports of illnesses linked to the location.

As for the stock, the drop in it isn't that shocking, because Chipotle has had a big price rally in the past few months, much of which was likely fueled by short covering. The restaurant was set to reopen Tuesday.

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"They are under a microscope, and any blip that arises is important for the business on a scale different than others", Chapman added, noting, for perspective, that there are an estimated 48 million cases of foodborne illnesses in the United States each year. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 92,320 shares of the restaurant operator's stock valued at $29,830,000 after purchasing an additional 1,907 shares during the period.

Chipotle retrained kitchen crews on food safety after the incident.

A customer who claims he got sick after eating at the Powell Chipotle is suing, seeking more than $250,000 in total damages from several defendants.

It is also the first major food safety issue that new CEO Brian Niccol has to deal with as he works to bring back customers to the once red-hot Mexican food chain.

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