Monday, February 15, 2016

Chipotle Believes E. Coli breakout came from Australian Beef

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The Chipotle E. coli outbreak was a scary event that landed 21 customers in the hospital, in addition to scarring the company's reputation and profits. If hearing of this major health outbreak made you wonder of the source of this dangerous disease, then you are not alone. However, the investigations of the origins of the E. coli breakout that were conducted by both Chipotle and the Center for Disease Control contain lots of contradictions as well as ambiguity.

Chipotle maintains that the bacteria originated from contaminated Australian beef and spread through other ingredients through improper food handling. However, Chipotle allegedly came to this conclusion through default, after dismissing other potential causes such as red onions or cilantro. Additionally, Chipotle spokesperson Chris Arnold stated that "no cause was determined." The Center for Disease Control was unable to definitively prove any causation of the E. coli outbreak, but believes that it likely stemmed from contaminated produce, as that has been the cause for similar outbreaks in the past. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service additionally dismisses the probability that beef caused this outbreak.

Given the large lack of definiteness and doubt carried in Chipotle's investigation of the E. coli breakout, how do you feel? Do you believe that Chipotle should have carried a more thorough investigation to trace the origins of E. coli? Are you still wary that, if we are not 100% certain of what caused the disease, Chipotle customers could still prey victim to the dangerous virus? Or do you trust Chipotle and are more than willing to eat there?

21 comments:

  1. I think that Chipotle is using the Australian beef as a scapegoat to escape the full blame of the E. coli outbreak. The company definitely has the money to carry out a more thorough investigation, but they want the whole thing to just blow over as soon as possible. I honestly don't care that there is an E. coli outbreak because I rarely eat there. If I want to eat it I will eat it because I most likely have forgotten that there was an outbreak at all.

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  2. I think the E. coli breakout may have come from Australian beef but it also may have come from other sources. Without doing a thorough investigation, there is no definite proof of where the E. coli came from. I believe that Chipotle customers are still in great danger of catching this disease because there is no evidence that their beef is safe to eat. Also, I don't think that Chipotle will ever be fully trusted again because this is one of the worst disease breakouts in the decade. I personally don't eat at Chipotle, but if I ate their regularly before the breakout, I would never trust to eat their again.

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  3. After reading, I don't think that E. Coli was brought from Australia. Their isn't any proof that shows that Australian beef contains E. Coli. E. Coli could have been broughten from any other state not just not Australia. Also, since McDonalds sponsored Chipotle I don't think it'd be a good idea to eat it. McDonalds food is refrigerated and not freshly cook. I know this because when my parents were young they used to work there. If McDonald's food isn't freshly cooked what makes you think Chipotle food is? It could just be warmed up on a stove in front of you. I used to eat Chipotle once awhile before it got contaminated. Although some resources say it's safe to eat right now I would not eat it because their is no proof that it's gone or that it won't happen again. It's better safe then sorry.

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  4. I think, like most people, that Chipotle is using Australia as a excuse or an answer to please/ease the public so that they don't take the full force of the blow. They didn't have solid concrete evidence and also as a reminder they are from McDonald. This doesn't mean their food is bad, but McDonald is already infamous for their bad cooking and preparation of their food. I rarely eat Chipotle so it doesn't effect me at all(only ate there once), but now this will definitely draw me away from it.

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  5. I think, like most people, that Chipotle is using Australia as a excuse or an answer to please/ease the public so that they don't take the full force of the blow. They didn't have solid concrete evidence and also as a reminder they are from McDonald. This doesn't mean their food is bad, but McDonald is already infamous for their bad cooking and preparation of their food. I rarely eat Chipotle so it doesn't effect me at all(only ate there once), but now this will definitely draw me away from it.

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  6. Chipotle definitely did a really lazy job to keep there food clean, i know that the beef might come from Australia but that doesn't mean that they are innocent. just last week they said the food is now safe to eat but not even a couple days, someone got sick from e.coli again. now they have no explanation. I am very disappointed in chipotle. will i still eat it? yep, because they are good. :)

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    1. chipotle could have test again to prevent this.

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  8. I think McDonald Should solve the problem because they owned Chipotle.

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  11. I think chipotle did not follow the health guidelines.

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  12. I think Chipotle should train and teach their employees about proper hand washing and food handling techniques

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  13. In this food crisis, we are seeing the first instance in which a food restaurant's supply was actually too fresh. That means that because Chipotle prides itself on being organic, it refuses to use strong pesticides that kill off bacteria, like E.Coli. This is fine; however, it just means that employees at Chipotle need to do a better job at washing their produce from contamination. Of course, with tons of chains and employees, there is bound to be some oversight. And here, we see the fruits of that oversight. I personally never liked Chipotle, but I don't fear eating there. If anything, this whole scandal may end up helping them in the long run. Yes, "an estimated 60 percent of Chipotle's most loyal, longtime customers were actively avoiding the chain," but eventually, everyone will start coming back because they think 'this can't possibly happen again. They're too conscious about food safety.' However, it's not how the food is handled, it's where it comes from. This needs to be fixed from the top, down.

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  14. I'm not the biggest fan of Chipotle in the first place because of living in the north east for most of my life I prefer authentic Mexican food. However, after this outbreak I've noticed myself actively avoiding the chain. I feel that they are really trying to cover up something because why else would they disagree with the CDC? I feel that the food there can't be toxic if they haven't been shut down but I would prefer not to risk my health.

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  15. I think that Chipotle uses Australian beef as an excuse so that it can avoid people's condemnation. I just ate in Chipotle one time, I felt that Mexican food was delicious at that time. I am so surprising about this news because I can't believe that Chipotle supplies inferior beef to customers. As a popular chain, Chipotle ignore people's health to make profit, it loses professional ethics. 21 customers are in hospital is the strong evidence that prove Chipotle has a problem of food. I think that I won't go to Chipotle in second time because I don't want to risk myself.

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  16. I think that Chipotle uses Australian beef as an excuse so that it can avoid people's condemnation. I just ate in Chipotle one time, I felt that Mexican food was delicious at that time. I am so surprising about this news because I can't believe that Chipotle supplies inferior beef to customers. As a popular chain, Chipotle ignore people's health to make profit, it loses professional ethics. 21 customers are in hospital is the strong evidence that prove Chipotle has a problem of food. I think that I won't go to Chipotle in second time because I don't want to risk myself.

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  17. I have heard from multiple sources and people that the E. Coli outbreak came from multiple foods that was sold at Chipotle. I did eat at Chipotle after I have heard about the outbreak, and I was quite weary about getting very sick from eating there. There could of been definite ways to prevent this outbreak in the first place, like the workers could wash their hands after handling the different kinds of food. I probably will not be eating at Chipotle for a bit just in case the outbreak is not entirely over yet, but I know they have attempted to fix and handle the situation.

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  18. Chipotle has been one of my favorite places to eat. I can not believe that this terrible outbreak of terrible things going into the food. After seeing this happen I have started to shy away from eating there food. E Coli seems like a very dangerous thing for people to be by and to consume. I hope that they could fix and chipotle can come back up on top where it was.

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  19. Living in Texas I used to eat a lot of McDonalds and when ever I got the chance to eat at Chipotle it would be the best feeling, I still love to eat there because I know that the E coli is in certain areas, not just every Chipotle.McDonalds has fast and great food,but it has had its fair share of media and I still ate there for most of my life! So in conclusion I believe no one should be afraid to eat at chipotle and continue to enjoy as they used to.

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  20. Living in Texas I used to eat a lot of McDonalds and when ever I got the chance to eat at Chipotle it would be the best feeling, I still love to eat there because I know that the E coli is in certain areas, not just every Chipotle.McDonalds has fast and great food,but it has had its fair share of media and I still ate there for most of my life! So in conclusion I believe no one should be afraid to eat at chipotle and continue to enjoy as they used to.

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