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Chicken and Rice Guys

Food Poisoning Lawsuit

The popular Boston, Massachusetts Middle Eastern restaurant chain and fleet of food trucks, The Chicken & Rice Guys, has been suspended from selling food as of April 11, 2017. The fleet serves Middle Eastern fare, including gyros, Halal Chicken, and obviously rice in the Greater Boston, Massachusetts area at a variety of rotating sites.

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An anonymous tip to the local Boston health agency prompted an investigation into the company. Soon after, the Boston Inspectional Services announced seven confirmed cases of E. coli linked to the Chicken & Rice Guys’ Allston location. The confirmation of the outbreak source led Boston health officials to suspend the company’s operating license for an indefinite period of time. It is unknown at this time of the company’s locations and fleet will remain closed during the pendency of the investigation.

Active Food Poisoning Cases

Boston’s local health department is currently investigating the details surrounding this outbreak. Seven cases of E. coli infection have been directly linked to food made by The Chicken & Rice Guys.

Jory D. Lange, Jr., Food Poisoning AttorneyJory D. Lange, Jr.
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Food Poisoning Attorney

Selecting a Food Poisoning Attorney

Robins Cloud LLP is a Plaintiffs’ firm dedicated to helping those who have become ill from contaminated food or beverages. We will continue to follow and investigate the details of this outbreak. If you or someone in your family has become ill after eating food from Chicken & Rice Guys, Robins Cloud LLP is available to discuss any questions, concerns, and the legal process with you. You can contact us 24 hours a day, seven days a week for a free, no obligation consultation. You can reach us at (855) 969-5637.

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It All Starts with Reporting

An anonymous tip to the local Boston health agency prompted an investigation into the company. Soon after, the Boston Inspectional Services announced seven confirmed cases of E. coli linked to the Chicken & Rice Guys’ Allston location. The confirmation of the outbreak source led Boston health officials to suspend the company’s operating license for an indefinite period of time. It is unknown at this time of the company’s locations and fleet will remain closed during the pendency of the investigation.

At this time, three restaurant locations and the entire fleet of food trucks are involved in the investigation. The Allston location is the main hub and supplier for the affected trucks and locations. According to Boston Inspectional Services Commissioner William Christopher Jr., “We’re taking this very seriously. People are getting sick.” Commissioner Christopher further commented that he does not know the condition of any of the E. coli victims. Commissioner Christopher further represented that he and other health department officials intend to meet with the heads of the company to discuss the investigation and the next course of action. That meeting is scheduled for Wednesday morning, April 12, 2017.

Megan Woolhouse of the Boston Globe reported today that Boston Inspectional Services’ personnel remained at the Chicken & Rice Guys’ Allston location throughout the day. It is still unknown what testing confirmed the link between the restaurant chain and the illnesses – be it the food or relation to other victims. The specific source of the outbreak, be it a food item or beverage, has not yet been identified.

What is the Company Saying?

The Chicken & Rice Guys has been fairly quiet about the outbreak today. But they did address the fact that their fleet was missing from the streets. According to their website posted this afternoon:

“ATTN: All trucks flocking home early today!#LunchCancelled! #lf”
4:08 pm / April 11th 2017

“ATTN: Our Milk St. Truck is closed. We were so close...#GeneratorProblems#LF”
2:52 pm / April 11th 2017

There is, however, one location still open. The company has yet to close it down in light of the outbreak. As the site is outside of the Greater Boston area, the Boston Inspectional Services lacks the authority to extend the cease and desist food sales warning. This jurisdictional deficiency was confirmed today by Commissioner Christopher. According to the company’s Medford location General Manager Phanna Ky, they were the only location still in operation. The company’s four food trucks have been removed from the road.

The Boston Globe reported that they have attempted to contact the company’s officials without any return contact.

About the Chicken & Rice Guys

The company launched in 2012 with a plan to bring chicken and rice to a burger-eating, burrito munching lunch public. Using humor and colloquial language, they have formed a culture of not taking themselves too seriously. Their website’s mantra mentions “With high quality ingredients, alluring aromas, and the seduction of self-saucing, we knew our halal grub would be a hit.”

The Chicken & Rice Guys pride themselves on being the 206th fastest growing private company in the United States and the 10th fastest in Massachusetts. According to the company’s head, Ian So, his “goal is to be the first global food truck brand. And, with a 4 year growth rate of over 3,000%, his business is quickly on track for that global expansion. What started as one food truck the team bought on eBay, is now 5 trucks with permanent locations, 7 restaurants, and a multi-million dollar catering business.”

Food and E. coli – Not a Laughing Matter

E. coli is one of the most dangerous of foodborne pathogens. It is a bacterium that only a few cells are enough to infect a person. Regardless of age or health status, anyone can suffer from food poisoning after ingesting food or drink contaminated with E. coli. As E. coli can cause illness in anyone, it is encouraged to seek medical attention if you have recently eaten food from Chicken & Rice Guys and have become ill. Symptoms of an E. coli infection may include: vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, severe watery diarrhea, potentially bloody diarrhea, and possibly a low grade fever. Children and the elderly are especially susceptible to more severe symptoms and potential future complications. These could include the development of hemolytic uremic syndrome, a form of kidney failure, and central nervous system issues.

As the signs and symptoms of E. coli can show within one to nine days, it is a good idea to try to remember everything you may have eaten that caused your sickness. Your doctor can easily perform a routine stool test to determine if E. coli is the bacteria that made you ill. If you have been diagnosed with E. coli, especially after eating food from Chicken & Rice Guys, it is a good idea to report your illness to your local health department. Bostonians can report any E. coli infections to the Boston Inspectional Services at 617-635-5326.

Robins Cloud LLP is Helping Victims of this Outbreak

Robins Cloud LLP is a Plaintiffs’ firm dedicated to helping those who have become ill from contaminated food or beverages. We will continue to follow and investigate the details of this outbreak. If you or someone in your family has become ill after eating food from Chicken & Rice Guys, Robins Cloud LLP is available to discuss any questions, concerns, and the legal process with you. You can contact us 24 hours a day, seven days a week for a free, no obligation consultation.