(Gray News) – Mexican Grill Chipotle announced on Thursday that it received a court summons from federal prosecutors for the disease last year that killed hundreds of people eating in a restaurant in Ohio.
It is the fourth chain invitation that is part of a current federal investigation that also includes restaurants in Massachusetts, Virginia and California.
It is the fourth court order for the chain that is part of an ongoing investigation by the California Attorney's office in California, which also includes restaurants in Massachusetts, Virginia and California.
"We fully cooperated and we intend to continue to cooperate fully in the investigation. At the moment, it is not possible to determine whether we will be arriving or we will reasonably assess the amount of penalties or penalties in connection with the investigation under which the court summons were issued," said He wrote in the filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Last August, nearly 700 people reported gastrointestinal problems, such as nausea, diarrhea and chills after eating at Chipotle in Powell, Ohio.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the occurrence is caused by clostridium perfringens, the kind of bacteria that are formed when food is left out at unsafe temperatures. This is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the United States.
The three earlier suspensions covered diseases associated with restaurants in Massachusetts, Virginia and California, and the appearance of E. Coli, salmonella and norovirus dating back to the end of 2015.
In response to numerous epidemics at the time, Chipotle closed all 2,000 stores a few hours on February 8, 2016, for food safety meetings with its employees. The identity of the chain is largely based on the use of fresh fasteners.
The chain closed its Powell, Oh, shop for one day last summer after the outbreak.
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