The class action lawsuit names Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. for allegedly allowing its Kitchen Manager to work for two days while sick with gastrointestinal symptoms, infecting potentially thousands of customers from its Simi Valley restaurant with the highly infectious Norovirus between August 18-19, 2015.
A joint investigation conducted by Ventura County Environmental Health and Public Health Divisions concluded that Norovirus was the cause of this foodborne illness outbreak, which caused at least 234 people to become sick with vomiting, diarrhea, headache, fever and stomach pain. According to county health officials, Chipotle served a total of 3,000 entrees during this two day period, so the total number of customers who suffered gastrointestinal illness is likely higher than the 234 who reported their symptoms to health officials.
The Plaintiffs purchased and consumed food adulterated with Norovirus at Chipotle’s Simi Valley restaurant, located at 1263 Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA. The Plaintiffs seek to represent a class consisting of all customers who suffered gastrointestinal illness from eating food contaminated with Norovirus spread by sick Chipotle employees at its Simi Valley restaurant between August 18-20, 2015.
The complaint notes that this is the latest in problems for Chipotle which was served with a Federal Grand Jury Subpoena from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in connection with an official criminal investigation being conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, in conjunction with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations.