Taco Bell Tied to Oct. Outbreak

Thursday, 02 February 2012 02:23 PM

Taco Bell has acknowledged some of its stores were linked to a salmonella outbreak that sickened dozens of people in 10 states last October.
In a statement released to reporters, the Yum Brand Inc. fast food chain said federal investigators found that some of the people who became ill ate at Taco Bell, but stressed that the outbreak is over.
"They believe that the problem likely occurred at the supplier level before it was delivered to any restaurant or food outlet. We take food quality and safety very seriously," Taco Bell said in the statement.
Food Safety News first identified Taco Bell as the entity referred to only as “Restaurant A,” in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's final report on the outbreak, issued last month.
The cluster of illness from salmonella were reported in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio and Tennessee.
CDC said 31 percent of patients were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.
“CDC collaborated with public health officials in multiple states and the (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of salmonella enteritidis infections which was associated with eating food from a Mexican-style fast food restaurant chain, Restaurant Chain A,” according to the CDC report posted online.
“Investigative efforts were unable to identify a specific food associated with illness, but data indicate that contamination likely occurred before the product reached Restaurant Chain A locations. This outbreak now appears to be over.”

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