Discovering that information is what led three Chipotle cmg customers to sue the Tex-Mex chain, My News LA reports. They apparently took the slightly-implausible nutrition stat right on its face and gobbled up the burritos.
Chipotle explained to a Twitter user recently that the "300 calories" on the menu apply to only the chorizo and apologized for the confusion. The bottom of the sign reads "300 Calories". The chorizo meat on its own is 300 calories, according to Chipotle.
The customers in Los Angeles are filing a class-action lawsuit against the Mexican food chain for misrepresenting the amount of calories in the food item.
One of the customers behind the lawsuit brought in Los Angeles Superior Court says he ordered the Chorizo Burrito under the belief he was getting a 300 calorie dish but after eating it, "felt excessively full" and investigated.
With ingredients that include white rice, black beans, salsa and cheese, the website's nutritional calculator shows that, when you add up each item, the calorie count goes far beyond 1,000.
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Chorizo burritos can total well over 1200 calories - four times as much as the count on the board.
The suit seeks unspecified damages and an injunction to prevent Chipotle from putting misleading nutritional facts on its menus.
A spokesperson for Chipotle told Buzzfeed News the company doesn't comment on pending litigation. We work very hard to maintain transparency in terms of what is in our food, and that includes our practices for disclosure of nutrition information. "I'd also note that a lawsuit is purely allegation and is proof of absolutely nothing", said Chris Arnold, Chipotle's communications director.
But now, the company's sales are down about 22 percent compared to the exact quarter previous year.