(NEWSER) – Chipotle's chorizo burrito as diet food? If you read the description of the menu item, available since October, you certainly wouldn't think so: It packs chicken, pork sausage, rice, beans, and cheese into a tortilla. Except that same sign also said "300 calories."
And so three customers who bought the burrito in Los Angeles this month are suing. As City News Service reports, one of the men behind the proposed class-action lawsuit brought in Los Angeles Superior Court ordered the menu item on Nov. 3 thinking it was a 300-calorie dish.
David Desmond "felt excessively full and realized that the burrito couldn’t have been just 300 calories" after eating it, per the complaint.
LV Anderson does the math at Slate, and reports the true total is closer to 1,050 calories. (That's par for the course at Chipotle, according to this 2015 New York Times article.)
The suit would cover "all people who bought food at Chipotle for four years leading up to the filing of the complaint," even though the chorizo filling is a new menu offering.
That's because the plaintiffs are alleging the signage is part of a pattern by the chain of presenting misleading nutritional information. CNBC reports Chipotle didn't respond to its request for comment, but Chipotle did reply to some customers who tweeted their disbelief about the calorie count: "I'm sorry for the confusion, but we'll make things more clear next time. The 300 calories is for the chorizo [alone]."