After bringing in IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group to reevaluate its practices after an E.coli outbreak that sickened dozens, Chipotle Mexican Grill announced it is implementing a program to ensure it achieves “the highest level of safety possible”. According to a press release issued today, Chipotle is enhancing its food safety program and taking the following actions:
- Conducting high-resolution DNA-based testing of all fresh produce prior to shipment to restaurants
- Conducting end-of-shelf-life testing of ingredient samples to ensure quality specifications are maintained throughout ingredient shelf life
- Engaging in continuous improvements throughout its supply chain leveraging test result data to measure its vendor and supplier performance
- Improving internal employee training related to food safety and food handling
The CDC and FDA investigation of the E. coli outbreak is ongoing and the source of the outbreak is still unknown.