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Chipotle re-opens across Northwest

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Chipotle is back in business after an E. Coli scare that cost the company nearly $3 million. Chipotle is back in business after an E. Coli scare that cost the company nearly $3 million.

If you are craving a quesadilla or burrito, Chipotle is back on the menu.

Wednesday, Chipotle reopened all 43 stores they closed after an E. coli scare that sickened 42 people.

The scare shut down 43 stores across Washington and Oregon, costing the company nearly three million dollars.

The company said the outbreak is over, and they are back in business. However, the Center for Disease Control has not determined which ingredient made people sick.

Spokane Regional Health District said every restaurant in Spokane County, including Chipotle, is inspected at least once a year. Due to the outbreak, the restaurant was inspected again this week.  Food inspectors looked for anything that could cause foodborne illness.

Chipotle said in a statement that they have cleaned and sanitized all their locations in Washington and Oregon. They have also replaced their ingredients.  To prevent further illness, the chain is working with health officials to improve the food handling process in all its 2,000 restaurants.

The CDC said that Chipotle has taken the right actions to respond to the outbreak.  In the north west, Chipotle is open again and ready serve customers.

"I think they should be safe now, it's probably the safest place in town to eat," customer Terri Long said. "I think it's a great place to eat!"

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