The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) have identified tomatoes as the source of the Salmonella Newport outbreak that has sickened dozens of people who ate at Chipotle restaurants in Minnesota since late August. Investigators worked with state and federal partners to trace the tomatoes back to the farm of origin.
Since the outbreak was reported last week, additional illnesses have been confirmed by MDH. A total of sixty-four cases and twenty-two locations have now been linked to the outbreak. Nine people have been hospitalized; all are recovering. Meal dates for the cases range from August 16 to August 28 and people became ill between August 19 and September 3. The cases range in age from ten to sixty-nine years and are from thirteen metro counties and several greater Minnesota counties. A total of 64 were sickened.
Chipolte, MDH and MDA linked the majority of the illnesses to the consumption of Lipman tomatoes served at Minnesota Chipolte restaurants.