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I've been struggling with Celiac for about two years now but I'm really wanting to change everything. I currently need a job because where I work isn't Celiac-safe. Does anyone else think that working at Chipotle is safe for a Celiac? Thank you for any advice. I'm ready to change everything for the better!

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Hmm, I have no idea myself, I've never worked at a Chipotle.  The biggest risk I can see is if they bake with regular gluten flour on the site.  That might be a problem due to possibly inhaling airborne flour.

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I've heard of people who have quit their jobs waitressing because being that close to the food was making them ill, and they weren't even physically touching it.  I can't imagine that handling a wheat-based product for hours every day is a good idea.  I even switched to gluten-free hand lotion.  The quantities that can make us sick are so small they are not visible by the human eye.  Think on that awhile.

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I believe that Chipotle brings in the flour tortillas pre-made. So, it may only be an issue of touching the tortilla and not airborne contamination.  I always see the employees wearing gloves. 

 

Yes, you'd have to be careful; however, compared to most restaurants I think it would be very low risk.

 

I hear great things about working for Chipotle. I'd give it a whirl if that's what you want to do.

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I worked in a pizza restaurant just before going gluten free, and I swear it's what triggered my full-blown Celiac due to eating so much pizza/pasta and floury bits about. Don't know if I was being CCd after I went gluten-free (was only there a few weeks after starting the diet, prior to moving), but I can't imagine it would have been safe for me to stay.

 

As for your situation, if you think you're being CCd by handling/being around the food at the restaurant, then yes, it's time to look for something else. However, if you enjoy your job and don't know for sure if work is the problem, then you could instead stay and take it as an opportunity to educate your coworkers about minimising cross contamination.

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Chipotle is great! I always go there when I want gluten free food. They are very conscientious about the CC thing. Hope you can find a job you enjoy!

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