Lettuce probable cause of Taco Bell E. coli: FDA

From Reuters:

An ingredient used in 70 percent of Taco Bell’s products, lettuce, probably caused an E.coli outbreak that sickened dozens of people in the U.S. Northeast, food safety officials said on Wednesday.

The Mexican-style chain, a unit of Yum Brands Inc., said it had taken appropriate steps to make sure its food was safe by switching produce suppliers and added that it was leaving lettuce on its menu.

A total of 71 people have fallen sick because of the E. coli outbreak linked to Taco Bell, the officials said, but no new cases have been reported since December 6.

U.S. health officials said in a conference call before Taco Bell’s that lettuce became the focus of the investigation after a statistical analysis of what people had eaten before they fell ill. Many also ate cheddar cheese and beef, and those supply chains are also being investigated, officials said.

“It would be folly at this point to drop the cheese completely. It’s critical to keep all options open,” said David Acheson, Chief Medical Officer of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Creed said health officials had told the chain that cheese and beef were unlikely to have caused the outbreak because the cheese is pasteurized and because of the way the beef is prepared.

But none of the other ingredients used at Taco Bell appeared to be associated with the outbreak, Acheson said adding no ingredients have tested positive for the E.coli strain blamed for the outbreak

I don’t know how you people out there can eat at fast food restaurants anymore. You cannot trust the food supply anymore and I wonder why that is? Who picks the vegetables? Who works in the food processing plants?

Author: Brian Bonner

USAF Veteran, Disabled NYC Paramedic, Oathkeeper, U.S. History and Constitutional Scholar, Internet Talk Show Host - Independent thinking. Constitutional Conservative, living off-grid in the Mountains of Montana - The Constitution is The Solution!

3 thoughts on “Lettuce probable cause of Taco Bell E. coli: FDA”

  1. My bigger concern with the influx of illegals from south of the border is the diseases that they bring with them … diseases we had all but eradicated but which are now resurging in resistant forms. Leprosy is only one of a number of examples.

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  2. “ . . .And although the biggest concern about food contamination is with produce-related outbreaks out of California where half the nation’s fruits and vegetables are grown and picked by immigrants, you haven’t read anything from the Dems about illegal immigration control in relation to food safety, now have you? . . .”
    To read the rest of the article go to “Taco Bell, Biodefense, and Illegal Immigration: You Connect the Dots”
    http://faultlineusa.blogspot.com/2006/12/taco-bell-biodefense-and-illegal.html

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