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Chipotle Is Having A Carnitas Shortage And They Don't Know When It Will End

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All across the country a VERY DISTURBING thing is happening.

The story everyone should be covering: what's up with Chipotle's carnitas shortage? It makes up 50% of my diet

Lanre Bakare@Lanre_BakareFollow

The story everyone should be covering: what's up with Chipotle's carnitas shortage? It makes up 50% of my diet

2:22 PM - 13 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

I waited a month to eat chipotle due to my tonsils to come here and find out they don't have carnitas

Olivia Corbett@liv_corbettFollow

I waited a month to eat chipotle due to my tonsils to come here and find out they don't have carnitas

5:30 PM - 13 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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America is doomed, Chipotle has a carnitas shortage.

Al Kilmer @effingalanFollow

America is doomed, Chipotle has a carnitas shortage.

8:45 AM - 14 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Multiple Chipotle locations aren't serving carnitas. It’s a nationwide shortage!

No carnitas for you!Chipotle on High St. Across from OSU

JD Malone@J_D_MaloneFollow

No carnitas for you!Chipotle on High St. Across from OSU

11:44 AM - 14 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

No #Carnitas at #Chipotle? Decided to opt out of the guacamole and saved almost $3! What a deal @ChipotleTweets

Tucker Pearce@pearcewebFollow

No #Carnitas at #Chipotle? Decided to opt out of the guacamole and saved almost $3! What a deal @ChipotleTweets

12:39 PM - 12 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

So why is this happening?! The shortage is a result of Chipotle’s “Responsibly Raised” meat standards, spokesman Chris Arnold told BuzzFeed News.

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These standards mandate that pork suppliers used by Chipotle must raise their pigs with access to the outdoors or in deeply bedded pens, and must not use antibiotics.

Recently, an audit revealed that one of Chipotle’s pork suppliers was not complying by these standards, so the company decided to suspend buying from the supplier.

Without this supplier, Arnold said, the company can’t serve pork in some of its restaurants.

“This is fundamentally an animal welfare decision, and is rooted in our unwillingness to compromise our standards where animal welfare is concerned,” said Arnold.

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It gets even worse. Arnold said the company is not sure when carnitas will be back, but bending their standards is not an option.

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“We would rather not serve pork at all, than serve pork from animals that are raised in this way,” he said.

About one-third of Chipotle’s more than 1,600 locations are carnitas-less, and will be for the near future.

Arnold said the company is working hard to find a way to address the shortage, but they "just aren't sure" how long that will take.

He said he understands people are disappointed, but Chipotle hopes customers understand the reason for the shortage.

Although customers seem disappointed, some expressed support for Chipotle for sticking by their principles.

Good on you, @ChipotleTweets, for dropping carnitas from menus rather than buy pork from a cage-breeder. http://t.co/Nne0xIF2MS #goodfarm

Daniel Wagner@wagnerreportsFollow

Good on you, @ChipotleTweets, for dropping carnitas from menus rather than buy pork from a cage-breeder. http://t.co/Nne0xIF2MS #goodfarm

11:55 AM - 14 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Good for them. Hellooooo, barbacoa! RT @Slate: #Chipotle just stopped serving carnitas at a third of its restaurants: http://t.co/7lkaRGfpGK

Jesse Smith@Oh_JesseFollow

Good for them. Hellooooo, barbacoa! RT @Slate: #Chipotle just stopped serving carnitas at a third of its restaurants: http://t.co/7lkaRGfpGK

1:07 PM - 14 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Noooooooooooo! But seriously, good for them. http://t.co/dTB3y1wdix

Joshua Tallman@JoshuaTallmanFollow

Noooooooooooo! But seriously, good for them. http://t.co/dTB3y1wdix

12:31 PM - 14 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Stephanie McNeal at stephanie.mcneal@buzzfeed.com.

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