The company will close its restaurants on February 8 so employees can participate in a new food safety protocol training. Stores will not open until 3 p.m. that day, according to company spokesman Chris Arnold, which means that, yes, it could affect Hillary Clinton’s lunch plans.
A spate of foodborne illnesses traced to Chipotle food last year led to a major drop in sales and stock prices. In addition to its new protocol and the hiring of a food safety expert, the company is planning a media blitz in February. The campaign will not include ads that emphasize food safety, according to Buzzfeed, but could include coupons for “buy one, get one free” entrees.
Because the only thing better than food potentially contaminated with e. coli? Free food potentially contaminated with e. coli.