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Chipotle To Reopen After E. Coli Outbreak

After 40 unsolved E. coli cases in Oregon and Washington, the ovens fire again.

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Last week, an E. coli outbreak at Chipotle restaurants in Oregon and Washington made 40 people sick, leading to the closure of 43 Northwest Chipotles and, so far, three lawsuits. The cause of the Chipotle burrito scare hasn't been identified, but in a statement it released today, Chipotle says it will reopen all 43 restaurants "in the coming days."

So should you grab Chipotle for lunch later this week? Chipotle says it had more than 900 tests done to identify the source of the E. coli outbreak, and all came back negative. These include tests completed by the Food and Drug Administration. In its statement, Chipotle points out that the incubation period for E. coli "may be as short as one day or as long as 10 days" and that the last meal linked to the current E. coli outbreak was October 24. Additionally, all of its Northwest locations are undergoing a deep cleaning, with all of their food products being replaced.

That said, this is Chipotle's third foodborne illness this year, according to ABC news.