Chipotle is facing even more food safety issues in addition to outbreaks of E. coli and norovirus. CNBC reports that health officials have closed a Chipotle location in Seattle due to repeated food safety violations in the past year. Health inspectors suspended the restaurant’s permit after discovering that the temperature was too low for several ingredients, including chicken, brown rice, shredded beef, cooked beef and fajita vegetables. The finding was the store’s third critical violation in 12 months, according to CNBC.
Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold told CNBC, “An inspector found that some hot food on the fax line (which is a back of house make line that services online orders), was not being held to proper temperatures. We are investigating the cause of that and will address it,”
The closure is more bad news for Chipotle, who has been dealing with other food safety issues. The restaurant chain has been linked to an E. coli outbreak sickening 52 people across nine sites, 27 in Washington alone. Additionally, 141 people became ill due to a norovirus outbreak linked to a location near Boston College.