Chipotle confirmed that several employees and customers of the store at 4550 W. Pico Blvd. reported nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Some of the victims posted their illness reports on www.iWasPoisoned.com, a website that allows customers to report suspected food poisoning.
The Los Angeles Health Department said the agency was “aware of reports of illness and is investigating.” According to one report:
My whole family and I ate at Chipotle 2 days before we started experiencing stomach pains and nausea. It was constant vomiting every 2 hours and weakness. We all had burrito bowls with meat, beans, rice, and quac. The symptoms lasted for 2 days now.”
Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold said the company is aware of 3 reports on the website, but they have not been contacted by any customers directly. The reports are not substantiated, but Chipotle implemented heightened sanitization measures at the restaurant.
Chipotle has struggled to bounce back after a food poisoning crisis in 2015. The company temporarily closed 43 stores in Washington and Oregon after an outbreak of E. coli left 8 people hospitalized.