Local Chipotle restaurants stop serving pork

(David Zalubowski | The Associated Press)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP Modified) — Local Chipotle restaurants have confirmed they have stopped serving pork offerings from their menus. Nationally, the Mexican chain has reported that it has stopped serving pork at about a third of its restaurants after suspending a supplier that violated its standards.

Chris Arnold, a spokesman for Chipotle, told the Associated Press it’s the first time the company stopped serving a topping for its burritos and bowls. He said Chipotle learned of the violation by the supplier on Friday through a routine audit, and did not have a timeline for when carnitas would return to affected stores.

Arnold declined to specify the nature of the supplier’s violation. But with pork, he said the most notable demand Chipotle makes of its suppliers is that pigs are raised in humane conditions.

In western New York, all five of the chain’s locations confirmed to News 4 that they have stopped serving pork in their restaurants.

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