Around the nation: Chipotle subpoenaed over norovirus outbreak

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  • California: A federal grand jury has subpoenaed Chipotle Mexican Grill regarding a norovirus outbreak at one of the chain's restaurants last year, the company announced on Wednesday. More than 200 people fell sick after eating at one of Chipotle's restaurants in Simi Valley, California. The company will be required to submit a wide range of documents regarding the norovirus outbreak. Chipotle officials say the company is cooperating fully with the investigation (Abrams, New York Times, 1/6; Zarroli, "The Two-Way," NPR, 1/7).

  • Illinois: NorthShore University HealthSystem CEO Mark Neaman claims the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) conducted faulty analysis when it challenged the system's planned merger with Advocate Health Care. FTC said the merger would result in NorthShore operating the majority of hospitals in the geographic market, but Neaman says FTC didn't look at the entire six-county Chicago area or include important NorthShore competitors in its analysis. NorthShore and Advocate are fighting FTC's attempts to block the merger (Ellison, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/6).

  • Washington: Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Wednesday signed an executive order launching a statewide public health initiative that relies on improved data sharing to reduce gun violence. Inslee's executive order requires the state departments of Health and Social and Health Services to work with other state and local agencies and the University of Washington to collect, review, and share data on firearm-related deaths and hospitalizations, among other new initiatives (AP/Modern Healthcare, 1/6; Office of the Governor release, 1/6).

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