At least 77 people who ate at a Simi Valley, California Chipotle last week got food poisoning, one of them was hospitalized. Health officials are investigating the outbreak that includes sixty customers and 17 employees.
Symptoms of the illnesses, associated with food eaten on August 18 and August 19, include diarrhea, vomiting, chills and fever. The restaurant, on the 1200 block of Simi Town Center Way, was closed for one day last week while food was discarded and the restaurant was cleaned.
Even after the cleaning health inspectors found some food safety violations including dirty restrooms; unsanitary floors, walls ceilings; utensils and equipment that were not clean or not properly maintained and some workers who did not have valid food handler cards. The violations did not prevent the restaurant from reopening on Saturday.