Taco Bell U.S. Identified as Possible Source of Salmonella Scare


ATLANTA — A new report from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified Taco Bell as the possible source of the salmonella October 2011 outbreak that sickened 68 people across 10 American states.

“The CDC has stated the public health is not at any risk and this incident is completely over,” reads a Taco Bell statement sent to HealthPop, after the CDC update.

“The CDC indicated that some of the people who were ill ate at Taco Bell, while others did not. They believe 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.”

During the CDC investigation, 60 per cent of 52 persons who fell ill reported eating at what was called “Restaurant Chain A,” in the week before the onset of the illness. Three locations were identified where more than one ill person reported eating in the week before becoming sick, reports CDC.

CDC does not offer any specific advice to consumers regarding this outbreak and is not warning to avoid any specific foods or restaurants.

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