The Chipotle Plague Spreads, 80 Infected in Boston

Danelle Sandoval
(Photo: Chipotle/Facebook)

I’m not sure how much longer I can take this. I haven’t eaten Chipotle in about two weeks, and I am starting to have some serious withdrawals.

Unfortunately, no matter how much I may want to satisfy my taste buds and reinstate this staple of my millennial diet, it looks like I won’t be able to have Chipotle for a little longer. Le sigh.

This week, Boston College was affected by a virus that was traced back to Chipotle. However, this time it wasn’t because of the E. coli bacteria that has been plaguing Chipotles across the country; this time, it was norovirus, or a common virus.

The Washington Post reports that “at least 80 students at Boston College fell ill” due to “two health violations: improper handling of poultry and the presence of a sick employee.”



In the past month, Chipotle has closed 43 restaurants that were affected by E. coli outbreaks. The outbreaks were first reported in Washington and Oregon. The continued to close more Chipotle restaurants in seven other states, including Maryland and Pennsylvania, which were also affected by the virus.

Honestly, my heart literally breaks more and more every time I hear about this. Because now, I really don’t know when I can go back and enjoy my burrito bowl with guacamole again.

In order to regain the trust of loyal customers, Chipotle will have to enforce stricter food handling policies and reconsider their “high-quality food production.”

Their director of communications, Chris Arnold, explained, “If there is a silver lining with an incident like this and not knowing for sure what the cause is, it's that it has prompted us to fully reassess our food handling practices, from the farms that produce our food to the restaurants where we serve our customers.”

Chipotle’s co-chief executive officer Steve Ells told the “Today Show,” “The procedures we're putting in place today are so above industry norms that we are going to be the safest place to eat.”

Awesome. Can we just please make these outbreaks go away now? Because I don’t know how much longer I can restrain myself from your perfectly assembled burrito bowls.