UPDATE 6-Chipotle shares jump as CEO apologizes over illnesses, vows change
(Adds closing of Chipotle location in Seattle)
By Susan Heavey and Subrat Patnaik
Dec 10 (Reuters) - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc shares jumped more than 5 percent on Thursday after its founder promised strict new food-safety practices to prevent illnesses, but hours later one of its Seattle restaurants was shut down for repeated violations.
Earlier Thursday, founder and co-Chief Executive Officer Steve Ells apologized to patrons who became sick after eating at Chipotle restaurants.
"This was a very unfortunate incident and I'm deeply sorry that this happened, but the procedures we're putting in place today are so above industry norms that we are going to be the safest place to eat," Ells said in an interview on NBC.
As of Thursday, Boston Public Health Commission reported that 91 people had been sickened by norovirus linked to a Chipotle restaurant in Boston, in the latest wave of patrons who have fallen ill from another outbreak in the United States.
As many as 141 students had reported to Boston College Health Services with symptoms of norovirus after eating at a Chipotle restaurant last weekend, Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn said in an email.
Dunn said 12 other students, who had not eaten at Chipotle, also showed symptoms of being infected by norovirus and had reported to the college's health authorities.
There are no other pathogens present in the specimens tested so far and the illness on the university campus is expected to be limited to norovirus, Dunn cited the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as saying. Continuación...