Following a series of outbreaks in Chipotle restaurants across the country, the Boston College location that left over 100 people with norovirus is back in business.
Just last month, Chipotle’s stock plummeted and burrito fans all around the country lost confidence in one of their favorite restaurants after it seemed like the company was having a hard time keeping their ingredients free of deadly diseases. According to a report from the Boston Herald, however, the location in Cleveland Circle near Boston College that left more than 100 people ill has opened with a clean bill of health from the city’s chief health inspector.
According to Nikhil Shankar, a doctor in the emergency room at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the health inspector’s blessing for the location to open is good enough reason for him to start visiting his favorite Mexican eatery again. “If I get sick, I get sick. Someone had to try it again,” said Shankar.
According to the Boston Inspectional Services Department Commissioner, William “Buddy” Christopher Jr., “The Chipotle is probably the best place to eat right now, because it’s the cleanest place in Boston. They have a clean bill of health.”
The location in question left nearly 130 people ill with norovirus after an outbreak earlier this month. Many of the Boston College basketball team ate at the restaurant and were rendered unable to play until they recovered.
Just a few days after the location in Cleveland Circle was closed, health inspectors cited two other locations in the city after finding bird droppings and a live bird trapped in the Brookline Avenue Chipotle.
Then, on December 10, health inspectors cited the Chipotle on Boylston Street for storing single use utensils in a box on the floor, leaving their dumpster uncovered, storing onions next to raw chicken, and having a rusted magnetic knife holding rack.
Chipotle’s response to nationwide outbreaks of norovirus and E.Coli this year has been swift and far-reaching. A press release from the company describing their efforts to become leaders in food safety can be found here.