Future of Food: Food safety tools will be souped up

May 19, 2017

Mystery still clouds the cause of the foodborne illness outbreaks that tarnished Chipotle Mexican Grill’s reputation and led to a steep decline in same-store sales.

The Centers for Disease Control failed to find a source of Chipotle’s E. coli outbreaks, but the Denver-based fast-casual operator dramatically altered its approach to food safety and spent more than $10 million to improve food safety.

In the future, restaurants will have a wide variety of new technologies at their disposal:

Polymerase chain-reaction (PCR) testing can identify major pathogens like E. coli, listeria, salmonella and other parasites and bacteria by detecting the organism’s