In 2016 the popular food chain Chipotle made headlines when customers reported getting sick from eating their food. Now, according to the company, there have been problems reported with irregular credit card transactions.

The company said in a statement that their investigation is focused on activity between March 24 and April 18 of this year. According to the statement, the investigation started after "recently detected unauthorized activity" on the system that supports payment processing in their stores.

"Because our investigation is continuing, complete findings are not available and it is too early to provide further details on the investigation," the company said.

The investigation has included cyber security firms, law enforcement and the company's payment processor.

Based on the investigation, the company said customers they believe were affected will be directly contacted as they determine exactly when the incidents took place and which specific restaurants were impacted.

"Consistent with good practices, consumers should closely monitor their payment card statements," the company said. "If anyone sees an unauthorized charge, they should immediately notify the bank that issued the card."

An outbreak of E. coli sickened 60 people at the restaurants last year, though the cause of the outbreak was not uncovered during an investigation by the CDC.

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