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Chipotle Mexican Grill – Struggling From Food Poisoning Troubles (Part 1 of 2)

Touch the Soil News #370 Chipotle Mexican Grill is one of the world’s largest fast food restaurants with almost 2,100 locations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and France. The company plans to open more than 200 new locations in 2016. While food poisoning issues are not new to Chipotle, the year 2015 literally riddled the restaurant chain with dangerous incidents. Following is a short history of Chipolte’s problems: March 2008 – Hepatitis outbreak. In San Diego County, over 20 customers tested positive for the virus stemming from a Chipotle restaurant located in La Mesa, California April 2008 – Norovirus outbreak. Chipotle was implicated in a norovirus outbread…

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The Ugly Side of Food

Touch the Soil News #188 Today, for the first time in history, executives of a food manufacturing company were sentenced to jail. Their crime, as executives of Peanut Corporation of America, was in knowingly selling to food processing manufacturers peanuts that were tainted with Salmonella. During 2008 and 2009, 20,000 people were sickened in 46 states and 9 people died as a result of the tainted peanuts. U.S. District Court Judge, W. Louis Sands, sentenced Stewart Parnell and Michael Parnell – the two top executives of Peanut Corporation of America – to 28 years and 20 years in prison respectively. Mary Wilkerson, in her role as quality control manager, was…

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Oversights, Carelessness and Corruption Compromise Food

Touch the Soil News #164 The title of this news piece almost reminds one of politics – an activity surrounded by perils, corruption and unsafe practices. One of the investigative themes we cover in Touch the Soil News relates to compromises in the food chain – a scary thought. Yet, it is these kinds of discoveries that support trends for decentralization, localization and transparency – even if it means starting your own food garden for a portion of your nutritional needs. Following are a few highlights from events unfolding within the last 30 days (sources: FDA and Food Safety News): 8/21/15 │ Alphin Brothers – a North Carolina seafood processor…

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