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Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. Closes Store For Food Safety Meeting, Gives Free Burritos Due To Temporary Closure

By February 9, 2016 at 8:31 pm
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. Closes Store For Food Safety Meeting, Gives Free Burritos Due To Temporary Closure (Photo : Scott Eisen | Getty Images News)

CHICAGO - Several weeks after it had announced its plans to temporarily close its stores nationwide for an emergency meeting, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. conducted their four-hour food and safety meeting on Monday.

As a way to make up for its temporary closure, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. gave free burritos to its valued customers.

"If we messed up your lunch plans today, follow the steps and we'll hook you up," said the company said on its website, which is currently close. "Anyone who wants free food should text the word "raincheck" to 888-222 before 6 pm on Monday."

According to CNN Money, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. did not mention how many were given free burritos, but said there treats were only in limited pieces, serving to those who came first.

With 50,000 employees nationwide, the company used social media like Periscope and Twitter to make sure that everyone working in Chipotle could follow and monitor the meeting.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. posted live updates through its official Twitter page, which has more than 730,000 followers, using the hash tag #ChipotleAllTeam.

The four-hour meeting was done to ensure that E. Coli and salmonella will not cause further damages to its customers and to the business itself.

Steve Ells, the fast food company's CEO, gave his apologies through Twitter and added such circumstance will not happen again.

"Deeply sorry that some people became ill after eating Chipotle," he tweeted. "Committed to make sure it won't happen again."

It also announced its plans to invest $10 million in a Local Grower initiative that would improve the food safety measures in farms, which providing its food.

Furthermore, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. will use high-resolution ingredient testing and vegetable blanching to kill possible carriers of the virus and other germs.

"We've come together today to make sure Chipotle is not just the most delicious place to eat, but also the safest," said co-CEO Monty Moran, according to the live tweets. "We worked with experts who helped us create the most effective food safety program possible."

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