At Foodtoeat we’re all huge Taco Bell fans, we spend our time tracking down the Taco Bell Truck, petitioning for the breakfast menu to come to New York, and carefully crafting the perfect inexpensive order from our local Taco Bell Express. That’s why when we heard about a possible connection between our beloved Taco Bell and a salmonella outbreak, we were concerned.
Recently an unusually large outbreak of salmonella occurred across the United States, with 68 people in ten states coming down with the illness. While there are about 48 million cases of food poison annually, these 68 people all had one thing in common; they all ate at Taco Bell.
The identity of the fast food chain had been kept private by the Centers for Disease Control, only announcing that an outbreak of salmonella originated at an unnamed Mexican chain with locations throughout Middle America. However the Food Safety News worked tirelessly to uncover the true culprit, finally uncovering a document from the Oklahoma Department of Health naming Taco Bell.
Taco Bell has had a previous history of salmonella, in 2010 at least 155 people in ten states were diagnosed with salmonellosis. While the CDC was unable to determine any specific items or food suppliers that may have caused this outbreak, eleven people were hospitalized as a result.
Taco Bell responded to these allegations, saying “The CDC has stated the public health is not at any risk and this incident is completely over. They have not identified the food source of the food borne illness… The CDC indicated that some of the people who were ill ate at Taco Bell, while others did not. They believe that the problem likely occurred at the supplier level before it was delivered to any restaurant or food outlet.”
While Taco Bell is largely brushing away these salmonella allegations, we’re not so easily convinced. Taco Bell owner Yum Brands spends hundreds of thousands of dollars every month on lobbying, and no doubt they have taken some steps to protect their reputation in this instance. While still delicious, we’ll go on at least a
one month two week Taco Bell hiatus.
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