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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?