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Letter From the Editor: CDC



Your faithful scribes here at Food Safety News deal daily with many federal and state food safety agencies. How we are able to interact with these organizations is a big factor in how effective we are in keeping you up to date on food safety. Among these agencies, none is more important than the federal… Continue Reading

Taco Bell Reveals ‘Weird Names’ of Seasoned Beef Ingredients


Taco Bell has revealed the remaining 12 percent of the ingredients in its “seasoned beef” that are not beef. At its website, Taco Bell lists the following as the comprehensive ingredients in its “seasoned beef” mixture: “Beef, Water, Seasoning [Cellulose, Chili Pepper, Onion Powder, Salt, Oats (Contains Wheat), Maltodextrin (Corn, Potato, Tapioca), Soy Lecithin, Tomato Powder, Sugar,… Continue Reading

Taco Bell to Cancel Kids’ Menu


Mexican-style restaurant chain Taco Bell says it will begin phasing out its children’s menu, and will no longer have one by January. The company announced Monday that it will no longer offer separate options for kids, but will instead incorporate its crunchy taco, soft taco, bean burrito and other kids’ items into its regular menu…. Continue Reading

Lettuce for KFC and Taco Bell in Canada Recalled


FreshPoint in Toronto has officially recalled the California-grown lettuce contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 that it distributed to KFC and Taco Bell restaurants in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec. All the recalled lettuce went to the two fast food chains in Canada, and none was sold by… Continue Reading

Yum! Finds Supply Chains Can Foul Up Food Safety Worldwide


Supply chain failures, first in China and now in Canada, might have Yum! Brands CEO David Novak singing that old Frank Sinatra song about “riding high in April, shot down in May.’” Novak, also a motivational speaker and author, was coming off a year that saw a book published not long after being named as… Continue Reading

Canadian E. coli Outbreak Linked to Lettuce Served at KFC, Taco Bell


At least 26 E. coli O157:H7 illnesses in northeastern Canada have now been linked to California-grown lettuce served at KFC and Taco Bell outlets, health officials say. Dr. Frank Atherton, Nova Scotia’s deputy chief medical officer, on Friday said health officials believe that is the “common source across three provinces” of the outbreak that sickened… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Boo Hoo!

I personally had never heard of Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches until four years ago.   Several University of Colorado sorority women were ill; specifically they were hurling like sailors getting off a winter patrol on the North Atlantic. I was asked to investigate. Since then I’ve been paying attention. Jimmy John’s is largely a franchise… Continue Reading

Taco Bell Sued in Salmonella Outbreak

An Oklahoma woman has sued Taco Bell, alleging that contaminated food it served caused her to become very ill with Salmonella infection. The 22-year-old Cleveland County resident said in her complaint that she ate at a Taco Bell restaurant on Nov. 3, 2011.  Two days later, on a Saturday, she began suffering from painful abdominal… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: CDC – Sandwiches or Tacos?

Does the CDC like tacos more than sandwiches?  Or, is it hopefully something else? First, let’s be clear, confidential patient information should never be disclosed absent the patient agreeing to it. And, second, a report should not be issued if there is no outbreak linked to a product and/or manufacturer.  However, once an outbreak is… Continue Reading

Documents from Michigan Further Identify Taco Bell

On Monday, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from Food Safety News, the Michigan Department of Community Health released documents again naming Taco Bell as the mystery Mexican-style fast food chain linked to an outbreak of Salmonella infection from October and November 2011.   Michigan has become the second state to release documents implicating… Continue Reading