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Chipotle is Bringing Back Its Carnitas

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In a company press release , Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG ) has announced that it is bringing back its dearly missed pork supply, and that it will resume serving its carnitas option in 90% if its restaurant locations. It should make a full comeback by the end of November.

With the exception of the Atlanta, Georgia and Cleveland, Ohio areas, and North Carolina and South Carolina, carnitas are no w available in all United States locations.

Chipotle pulled the pork option from its menu at more than a third of its locations earlier this year because of inconsistencies during auditing procedures. The company's pork suppliers' operations were found to be in contrast with Chipotle's high standards, which require suppliers to raise pigs with access to the outdoors, deeply bedded barns, no gestation crates, and no use of antibiotics.

"The decision to stop selling Carnitas in many of our restaurants was an easy one," said Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO at Chipotle. "We simply will not compromise our high standards for animal welfare. Since making this decision, we have heard from thousands of our customers who have expressed support for our decision, and commended us for standing on principle. Now, we are excited to have Carnitas back in nearly all of our restaurants, and want to thank our customers for their patience while we worked to address this issue."

Chipotle is now working with the United Kingdom-based Karro Food as well as existing pork suppliers in order to restore sources.

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