Taco Bell has finally been revealed to be the restaurant chain behind a Salmonella food poisoning outbreak that sickened nearly 70 people in Texas and nine other states in 2011. Previously, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had only referred to the source of the potential contamination as ‘Restaurant Chain A.’ Making matters even more troubling, last year’s outbreak came just a year after a huge Salmonella epidemic was linked to Taco Bell restaurants.
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Mystery Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Taco Bell
February 3, 2012 – The identity of the mystery restaurant was ultimately revealed in a report issued by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. In response to the question of why the CDC refused to release the information previously, a spokesperson for the department stated that naming the eateries tied to the outbreak would not have had any public health benefit.
“By the time we posted information about this outbreak, it was over,” the spokesperson told ABC News. “If it was over, there would have been no public need to disclose it.”
For its part, Taco Bell has released a standard boilerplate statement conveying its commitment to the safety and quality of its products, but also stated that the CDC failed to identify the chain as the source of the outbreak. Instead, the department “indicated that some people who were ill ate at Taco Bell, while others did not.”
The majority of the illnesses (43) occurred in Texas, while other cases were reported in Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio and Tennessee.
According to Reuters, Taco Bell has been linked to at least two other massive food poisoning outbreaks over the last six years. In 2006, contaminated lettuce served at Taco Bell restaurants in the Northeast was found to be the source of an E. coli outbreak that sickened 71 people. Then in 2010, Taco Bell was found to be the cause of a Salmonella outbreak that sickened 155 people in 21 states.
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