After a series of relentless outbreaks over the past couple of years (2015 E. coli infestation, never forget), Chipotle has been faced with the final straw. The federal grand jury issued the popular Mexican chain a subpoena requesting info after the customers who dined at the Sterling, Virginia location fell ill with norovirus. The recent outbreak, which allegedly victimized over 130 people, extended the full blown criminal investigation into Chipotle’s inconsistent food safety practices.
"It is not possible at this time to determine whether we will incur, or to reasonably estimate the amount of, any fines or penalties in connection with the investigation pursuant to which the subpoena was issued," Chipotle said.
While the fast-casual’s share value continues to plummet, federal prosecutors are piling up evidence that can potentially indict the chain and press (still unidentified) charges.