Chicken & Rice Guys cited for previous health violations

Customers eat at the Chicken and Rice Guys in Medford, Mass. Tuesday, May 10, 2016. (Winslow Townson for The Boston Globe)
Chicken & Rice Guys has several restaurants, including one in Medford. –Globe file / 2016

The food trucks and restaurants operated by the Chicken & Rice Guys remained closed for a ninth day Thursday as investigators searched for the cause of an E. coli outbreak there, but a review of health department records shows the shutdown is not the first time the chain has faced serious public safety concerns.

City officials suspended operation of one of the company’s food trucks in 2015 due to unsanitary conditions, and there was evidence of significant health problems on trucks and at one restaurant dating back to 2012.

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