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Tomatoes were the source of salmonella outbreak at MN Chipotles

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Tomatoes have been identified as the source of the salmonella outbreak that sickened dozens of people who ate at Chipotle restaurants across Minnesota in late August.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) revealed Wednesday that the restaurant chain has switched its tomato supplier since a batch was identified as causing the outbreak.

After initially saying it had seen 45 cases of salmonella reported by people who ate at 17 Minnesota locations of the popular chain, the MDH now says that this has risen to 64 cases and 22 locations.

Nine people were hospitalized as a result and they are now recovering, with all those falling ill having eaten at one of the affected Chipotles between Aug. 16-28.

The MDH said there is no risk of salmonella from tomatoes at Chipotle anymore, after the change of supplier.

"We expected to see additional cases because it can take up to 10 days for symptoms of Salmonella to appear, another few days to a week before people go to their doctors and the cases get reported to us," said MDH epidemiologist Dana Eikmeier. "However, there is no longer a risk of Salmonella from this particular product at Chipotle."

The locations involved in the outbreak are as follows:

Edina, 6801 York Ave.

Crystal, 5608 W Broadway Ave.

Hopkins, 786 Mainstreet.

St. Louis Park, 5480 Excelsior Blvd.

St. Paul Lawson, 29 5th St.

US Bank Plaza Minneapolis, 200 S 6th St.

Bloomington, 10629 France Ave S.

Richfield, 1839 E 66th St.

Maple Grove, 7750 Main St. N.

Maplewood, 2303 White Bear Ave.

7 Corners Minneapolis, 229 Cedar Ave.

Calhoun Village Minneapolis, 3040 Excelsior Blvd.

Uptown Minneapolis, 2600 Hennepin Ave.

Minnetonka, 4717 County Rd 101.

Ridgedale Center, 12509 Wayzata Blvd.

Rochester, 1201 S Broadway.

Shoreview, 1021 Red Fox Rd.

St. Cloud, 211 5th Ave S.

Minneapolis, 50 S 6th St.

Maplewood Mall, 3905 White Bear Ave.

Eagan Promenade, 3324 Promenade Ave.

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