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Hoax - 'Chipotle Using Dog and Cat Meat in Meals'


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Outline

Circulating story claims that popular restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill is under investigation for using dog and cat meat in their dishes.

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Brief Analysis

The claims in the story are false. There is no such investigation and no credible reports support the claim that Chipotle is suspected of using dog and cat meat.  The story comes from the fake-news website Huzlers, which claims to be satirical. Stories published on Huzlers have no credibility and should not be taken seriously.

   





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Example

*BREAKING* Chipotle Exposed For Using Dog And Cat Meat In Food; Will Close Soon

DENVER - It is being reported that the popular restaurant chain ‘Chipotle Mexican Grill’, more commonly known as simply ‘Chipotle’, is currently being investigated for allegedly using dog and cat meat in their dishes.


Detailed Analysis

Story Claims Chipotle Suspected of Using Dog and Cat Meat

According to a story that is circulating rapidly via social media, restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill is being investigated by the FDA for allegedly using dog and cat meat in its meals.

The story claims that suspicions emerged after an FDA inspector found live dogs and cats as well as dog and cat carcasses in a Denver Chipotle factory.

Story is Nonsense - Comes from Fake-News Website Huzlers

However, there is no truth to this story. The FDA is not investigating Chipotle for using dog and cat meat and there are no credible reports about dogs and cats being found in a factory connected to the company.

In fact, the story is a work of fiction published by the fake-news website Huzlers.com. Huzlers, which apparently considers itself satirical, is responsible for churning out a continuing flow of nonsensical reports, many of which go viral via social media.

The site includes the following disclaimer in the footer of its pages:

Huzlers.com is a combination of real shocking news and satirical entertainment to keep its visitors in a state of disbelief.
None of the material published on the site has any credibility.

Check all Social Media 'News' Stories Before Sharing

Over recent years, more and more fake-news websites have surfaced online. Because these sites present their material in news format, many viewers are apt to take the stories seriously.

It is thus a good idea to verify any 'news' stories that come your way via social media before you share them with your friends. In most cases, you can easily check the veracity of such stories by searching a news portal such as Google News.

Of course, if Chipotle Mexican Grill was really being investigated for using dog and cat meat, the story would be extensively covered by mainstream news outlets around the world.

   




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Last updated: November 25, 2014
First published: November 25, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
*BREAKING* Chipotle Exposed For Using Dog And Cat Meat In Food; Will Close Soon
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