Transcript for CDC Investigates Another Potential E Coli Outbreak at Chipotle
Okay, we'll move on to more trouble for chipotle. The CDC investigating another E. Coli outbreak linked to the chain. This one in three states coming after that outbreak in November sickened dozens and ABC's linsey Davis here with the latest. Good morning, linsey. Reporter: Good morning, George. This is one of five disease outbreaks the burrito chain has had since July. The CDC says the latest bacteria has a different genetic fingerprint. This morning chipotle is at the center of another E. Coli outbreak. The CDC is investigating a second outbreak of the virus affecting customers in three states, five people say they got sick after eating at the burrito giant in the last two weeks of November. I just felt like I take the same risk no matter where you go to eat. I don't think I'll be eating chipotle at all. Reporter: This is just the latest blow to chipotle. Two weeks ago more than 140 Boston college students were sickened with norovirus after eating here and earlier this year, 52 people became sick in nine different states after falling ill with E. Coli. Back then as a precaution, the restaurant closed several of its stores to clean and discard ingredients before re-opening. As for this latest outbreak, a spokesman for chipotle tells ABC news it was not unexpected saying we have indicated before that we expected that we may see additional cases stemming from this. Since this issue began, we have completed a comprehensive reassessment of our food safety programs adding, we're confident that we can achieve I level of food safety risk that is near zero. Chipotle has already made massive changes in response and is now centralizing the preparation of some vegetables and also moving away from its use of locally source ingredients which the company often used as a selling point to differentiate itself from other fast food chains and once again chipotle's stock dropped significantly yesterday in the wake of this more than 3% and while health officials don't know what the culprit is they think it likely is produce. It's a real trade-off on the local sourcing. Exactly and really unfortunate. This was something that was really significant for them that people liked. Absolutely. Linsey, thank you.
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