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Taco Bell investigated in Salmonella outbreak

February 2, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an announcement on Jan. 19 stating that an unnamed “Mexican-style fast food restaurant chain” was investigated in connection to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella that began in October 2011.

On Wednesday, Food Safety News reported that the fast food chain — referred to only as “Restaurant Chain A” in the CDC report — was Taco Bell.

According to CDC, a total of 68 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis have been reported from 10 states: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio and Tennessee.

The CDC report stated that “Among 52 ill persons for whom information is available, 60% reported eating at Restaurant Chain A in the week before illness onset.”

However, the data gathered by CDC indicated that the contamination likely occurred before the product reached the restaurant locations.