A report says 703 people fell ill after eating at a Chipotle restaurant in Ohio, prompting another lawsuit against the chain.
The location in Powell was shut down after complaints from sick customers to the Delaware County General Health District since late July, according to the Dayton Daily News in a report on Aug. 6. The cause of the illness is unknown, and tests have come back negative for Salmonella, Shigella, E. coli, and Norovirus.
“We have no new update regarding the source or pathogen that has caused so many reported illnesses,” Traci Whittaker, a spokeswoman agency, told Business Insider. “Data analysis and lab results are ongoing and pending.”
Customers had symptoms of vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea.
Two lawsuits have been filed against the restaurant linked to the Powell location. Clayton Jones, who received medical treatment after eating the food July 27, is seeking $25,000, according to the report.
“This is the first of many lawsuits we will be filing on behalf of local residents who were sickened by contaminated Chipotle food,” lawyer attorney Ron Simon. “We have handled hundreds of claims against Chipotle as this is Chipotle’s seventh food poisoning outbreak in the last 3 years. These lawsuits will force Chipotle to change its ways and make its food safer for everyone not just in Powell, Ohio, but across the United States.”
Chipotle said it is working with Ohio officials regarding the outbreak.
“We acted quickly and closed this single restaurant out of an abundance of caution and we are working with the local health officials to reopen this restaurant as soon as possible,” a Chipotle spokeswoman told Fox News.
Last year, the chain temporarily closed a restaurant in Virginia after customers reported illnesses. And also in 2017, Chipotle suffered another health scare when rats were seen falling from the ceiling at a Dallas location.
“A few mice did get inside one from the outside due to a small structural gap in the building. Management immediately removed them and the gap has been repaired,” Chipotle told Fox News at the time.