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5 Popular Restaurant Chains That Had E. Coli Outbreaks

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Chipotle Joins the List of Restaurants with Outbreaks

What is E. coli? You may have heard a lot about it, especially in recent months, but how much of a threat does it pose to you?

Escherichia coli is a type of bacteria common to the lower intestine of warm-blooded creatures, and while some strains are harmless, others can lead to potentially severe food poisoning, which is often the case when E. coli makes headlines.

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Most recently, the bacterium has been in the news following an outbreak at about a dozen Chipotle locations in the Pacific Northwest, which led the chain to close over 40 restaurants. But E. coli is no stranger to the fast food world, whether or not people remember it, and history might give us a glimpse as to whether or not Chipotle will recover from this health crisis.

Keep reading to see which of your favorite fast food chains also had E. coli outbreaks in the United States.