In what seems like an endless string of bad luck and poor safety practices, the Chipotle near Venice and San Vicente in Mid-City is being investigated by the Los Angeles Health Department for complaints of foodborne illness. This isn’t the burrito chain’s first time dealing with these sort of problems, as it’s been hit with various foodborne illness issues for years.
Business Insider received an email from the Health Department’s Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Unit, indicating an investigation at the 4550 West Pico Boulevard location. The unit examines reports of contagious illnesses. Chipotle had not heard directly from those affected customers, and were informed by the Health Department.
A Chipotle spokesperson stated that management was unable to confirm the claims directly, and this location is enhancing cleanliness protocols, which is policy after any reports of illness. One customer, Michelle La, eats at this Chipotle location twice a week and said, “It's very clean. They follow all the protocols.”
Eater located four food illness complaints for Chipotle’s Pico location on the anonymous reporting website www.iwaspoisoned.com.
Chipotle’s troubles with food borne illness began in 2015, when more than 50 people in 14 states became sick with norovirus. Eater reported earlier this year about Chipotle’s latest lawsuits, just a few weeks after another norovirus outbreak in Virginia sickened 100 people.