MA Chipotle remains closed as Lawsuits begin

Posted on December 18, 2015 by


Susan Reef, President of US Food Safety Corproation

According to the Boston, MA BOH website, the Boston, MA Chipotle in Cleveland Circle is still closed.

In addition, a lawsuit has been filed against the chain.

The legal action by Andrea C. Dow, mother of Alexander Keough, is the first in a likely string of lawsuits related to the norovirus outbreak at Chipotle. About 140 people, most of them Boston College students, suffered nausea and vomiting after eating there during the first weekend of December.

 “Chipotle needs to be held responsible for what happened,” said Bill Marler, the Seattle lawyer leading the case. He said he has been in touch with several BC students, and expects to file more suits after they return from their holiday break.

Although young, healthy teenagers and college students are unlikely to suffer lasting harm from norovirus, Marler said, the suits “send a pretty clear message that . . . this is not something that should have happened.”

Massachusetts law requires one person per shift be certified in food safety management.  Massachusetts, unlike California and other states, do not require food handlers cards.  Chipotle has Food Safety Manuals and I have actually seen one at their Woburn, MA location.

Signs in English that say “Employees must wash their hands before returning to work”in restrooms  must be in multiple languages, yet I have only seen them in English.

As consumers, we must get on the bandwagon to insist that food handling laws be changed in the Commonwealth. The minimum of one person certified per shift is not acceptable and that all food handlers be required to take a course in safe food handling.

Don’t let this latest outbreak be forgotten. Tell your legislature, it is time to change the law.

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