Chipotle shuts down Ohio restaurant after reports of customers getting severely ill

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Chipotle has closed down one of its restaurants in Powell, Ohio for the time being after several reports of customers becoming ill.

Many also reported illnesses on a crowdsourcing website that tracks food poisoning cases across the U.S. Over the last few days, Iwaspoisoned.com has logged 110 reports citing more than 170 people who got sick eating at two Chipotle restaurants in Ohio.

Chipotle said the restaurant would reopen on Tuesday, pending approval from the local health department. County health officials said in a statement on Tuesday that the number of people who have reported getting ill at the restaurant has jumped to 368.

The illnesses haven't been officially linked to Chipotle food consumption.

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In dealing with the negative news from Powell, Ohio, Chipotle drew some empathetic words from Marler, an unlikely source given his past adversarial role in challenging the company in court. The website tracked reports with about a dozen customers in total claiming they became sick after eating at the Chipotle location, the report said.

Beloved Tex-Mex chain Chipotle might be in hot water again: According to Cleveland.com, a Chipotle location in OH was closed on Monday after several people reported feeling ill after eating there.

The Delaware General Health District said it is awaiting the results of lab tests. It was trading down close to 2 percent in pre-market movement Tuesday and slipped as much as 9 percent during the day.

Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc., a restaurant company, operates Buffalo Wild Wings franchised restaurants in the United States.

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The company intends to reopen the restaurant today, assuming it receives a green light from the health department.

People said they experienced "diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting" after dining at the Sawmill Parkway location.

"We take all claims of food safety very seriously and we are now looking into a few reports of illness at our Powell, Ohio restaurant", Chipotle spokesowoman Laurie Schalow said.

Chipotle's 2015 crisis was mostly an E. coli outbreak that hit public conscious when 42 locations in the Pacific Northwest briefly shut down.

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The closure comes as Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. works to recover from a series of food scares that sent sales plunging.

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