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Chipotle to re-open all 43 restauraunts in Washington and Oregon

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Washington state health officials say they have found no source for the E. coli outbreak related to Chipotle and the chain's Pacific Northwest restaurants could reopen later this week. Washington state health officials say they have found no source for the E. coli outbreak related to Chipotle and the chain's Pacific Northwest restaurants could reopen later this week.
SEATTLE -

The latest in an E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle restaurants in Washington state and Oregon (all times local):

2:15 p.m.
    
Chipotle reopened 30 restaurants in Washington state and the Portland, Oregon, area in time for lunch Wednesday.
    
The company expects all 43 outlets closed after an E. coli outbreak was linked to 11 Chipotle restaurants will be open by Thursday.
    
Fans of Chipotle streamed into one Seattle outlet, but the crowds were thinner than the usual lunch crowd.
    
Chipotle voluntarily closed all its restaurants in Washington state and the Portland area at the end of October after health officials connected an E. coli outbreak to the casual Mexican restaurants.
    
An investigation didn't find the cause of the outbreak, but health officials told the Mexican food chain it could reopen the restaurants if they met certain safety conditions, including a thorough cleaning and replacement of all fresh food.
    
Chipotle says it tested the food prior to restocking and is instituting additional procedures in its 2,000 restaurants to ensure robust food safety standards.
    
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12:25 p.m.
    
Chipotle restaurants in the Pacific Northwest have begun reopening Wednesday, nearly two weeks after the company shut down 43 locations because of an E. coli outbreak.
    
Health officials say the outbreak sickened about 45 people and hospitalized more than a dozen.
    
An investigation didn't find the cause of the outbreak, but health officials told the Mexican food chain it could reopen its restaurants in Washington state and the Portland, Oregon, area if they met certain safety conditions, including a thorough cleaning and replacement of all fresh food.
    
Chipotle says it tested the food prior to restocking and is instituting additional procedures in its 2,000 restaurants to ensure robust food safety standards.
    
The illnesses were traced to 11 restaurants in the region, but the company closed 43 at the end of October as a precaution.

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11/11/2015 2:22:00 PM (GMT -8:00)

Washington state health officials say they have found no source for the E. coli outbreak related to Chipotle and the chain's Pacific Northwest restaurants could reopen later this week.
    
Washington state epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist says all the tests of food from Chipotle stores in Washington and Oregon came back negative for E. coli. Chipotle did its own testing, and those results came back negative as well.
    
Lindquist says the Chipotle restaurants in Washington and Oregon will be allowed to reopen after they have met some conditions. They must get rid of and replace all produce, do a deep cleaning of their stores, pass a local health inspection and start a new protocol for cleaning produce.
    
Lindquist said he expects Chipotle will reopen the 43 restaurants it closed in Washington and Oregon by Wednesday or Thursday.
    
About 40 people in the Northwest have gotten E. coli in the outbreak associated with Chipotle.

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