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Analysis: E. coli outbreak is latest in very bad year for Chipotle

Industry leader grapples with lawsuits, supply challenges, brand attacks and slowing sales

It has been a tough year for Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.

An outbreak of E. coli that may be linked to restaurants in Washington state and Oregon is the latest challenge for the fast-casual chain. It was the third foodborne illness event this year for the brand.

But Chipotle has been facing heat on other fronts as well.

The series of unfortunate events began in January. The company was forced to

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