CRISIS MODE, EVERYONE (at least temporarily): Chipotle has stopped selling carnitas at approximately a third of its 1,724 locations due to a "supplier violation." You can find out whether your local Chipotle has been affected by calling them, or you can just go there and look for a "SORRY NO CARNITAS" sign in the doorway. But wouldn't you rather be sitting down for this news?
During an audit of the farms that provide Chipotle with its pork, one such supplier was found to be violating the chain's high standards regarding the treatment of animals (most violations apparently involve the housing conditions of the pigs), and was nixed until a solution can be found. "It's hard to say how long [the situation] will last," said spokesman Chris Arnold in an AP statement, since the company has refused to compromise their standards by offering a "conventionally raised" substitute while they figure out how to reinstate its place on the menu.
Usually, carnitas only accounts for 6-7% of all orders, but for those pigheaded pork-lovers among us, it'll be difficult to admit to ourselves that we need to eat anything else.
Adam Lapetina is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and always orders carnitas, so he is dreading the call he has to make before lunch today. Read his musings at @adamlapetina.