NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- “Sorry, no carnitas.
So reads a sign posted in a Chipotle restaurant in New York City. The Mexican-style fast food chain has temporarily cut loose one of its pork supplier for not meeting its requirements, depriving some of the restaurants of carnitas.
“Through the routine auditing ... we found a pork supplier that was not meeting our standards, so we have suspended our purchases from this supplier,” said Chipotle Mexican Grill spokesman Chris Arnold, in an email to CNNMoney.
“Without this pork, we cannot get enough pork that meets our responsibly raised standard for all our restaurants, and we will not be able to serve carnitas in some locations,” he said.
Arnold said that Chipotle requires that its pork “comes from pigs hat are raised with outdoor access or in deeply bedded pens, and without the use of antibiotics.”
A worker at a carnitas-free Chipotle in New York City said her restaurant was notified about the pork shortage at the beginning of the week, and there won’t be any carnitas there “for a while.”
Chipotle did not identify which of its suppliers had been suspended. A spokesperson for Chipotle supplier Niman Ranch insisted it was not them.
“No, it is not Niman Ranch,” said Niman spokeswoman Drew Calvert. “We are actually working to increase our supply. We are still a supplier for Chipotle.”
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