Chipotle Is Subpoenaed in Criminal Inquiry Over Norovirus Outbreak

January 6, 2016 4:51 PM

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Chipotle Is Subpoenaed in Criminal Inquiry Over Norovirus Outbreak

Chipotle Mexican Grill said Wednesday that it had been served with a grand jury subpoena as part of a criminal investigation related to a norovirus outbreak at a California restaurant. The disclosure came as the chain projected a double-digit decline in sales after several outbreaks linked to food-borne illnesses.

The company will formally report its financial results on Feb. 2. But on Wednesday, Chipotle warned investors that it expected a drop of 14.6 percent in same-store sales for its fourth quarter. For the full month of December, same-store restaurant sales were down 30 percent, Chipotle said.

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