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Taco Bell Source of Salmonella

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Washington State Department of Health confirmed yesterday that food served at Taco Bell restaurants is the source of Salmonella Hartford and Baildon outbreaks.  

Thumbnail image for salmonella-sidebar.jpgAt least 155 people in 21 states have been confirmed with salmonellosis and are part of the outbreak.  A state spokesperson from Kentucky told eFoodAlert that suspect cases are still under investigation.  Eleven of the 28 Kentucky Salmonella outbreak victims were hospitalized.  

The CDC reported yesterday that although the restaurant has been implicated as the source of the Salmonella outbreak, a particular food item or supplier has not been identified.  An extensive traceback effort was initiated to determine if a common source of Salmonella Hartford or Baildon could be identified but was unsuccessful in determining where the bacteria came from.

For more information about the outbreak and the breakdown of cases from state to state, see yesterday’s story: Mexican Fast Food Linked to 2 Salmonella Outbreaks.

Salmonella Hartford and Baildon

are rare serotypes of Salmonella bacteria, which when ingested causes

symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, nausea, and

vomiting.  Salmonella can be detected in the stool of infected


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  • Darlene

    My sn at at a Taco Bell in Las Vegas with his family. He was the only one who ate chicken and he got really sick and vomiting. This was about a month ago.



  • Angela

    I ate at Taco Bell on July 27, 2010 in Kentucky. I ate at 11 o’clock in the morning and by 11:00 that evening, I was deathly ill–vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever of 102. I have never felt so sick in my life!!! No one else in my family ate there that day and no one else in my family got sick. Now, I am hearing about all of this….makes me wonder…

  • Pedro Perez

    “Answer to BRUCE”
    A mi tambien me parece comico, si es que los ingredienstes para preparar los tacos son adquiridos en USA, o acaso ud cree que son traidos de paises tercer mundistas como ud lo cataloga, no sea tan ignorante y averigue de donde vienen las cosas antes de afirmar una hipotesis con tan pocos argumentos, IMBECIL!!!

  • My wife and i are both sick, vomiting and stomach cramps after eating at taco bell on woodfield rd in gaithersburg maryland. After my wife saw blood in her vomit, she went to emergency. Looks like sever salmonella poisoning.

  • Beth

    There should be more blame on “CAFO”, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, concerned individuals should be aware of the horrible living conditions of animals that are waiting to be slaughted here in the United States. Where is the salmonella and e-coli coming from? Please inform yourself before passing judgement.