Too bad the Taco Bell worker was not already vaccinated.

The Snohomish County Health Department has identified a case of hepatitis A that occurred in a food worker who worked at two Taco Bell locations: 2727 Broadway in Everett and 303 91st Ave NE in Lake Stevens.

Anyone who ate

Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: If you visited a Taco Bell in Everett or Lake Stevens on May 22 or 23 you have less than 2 weeks to get a Hepatitis A vaccine

Health officials in Snohomish County, WA, are warning people who ate at two Taco Bell locations to monitor themselves for signs of hepatitis A infections and get vaccinated if they are not already.

“People who ate food from the Taco Bell at 2727 Broadway on May 22-23 or the Taco

Continue Reading Taco Bell employee infected with hepatitis A; county in Washington issues health alert


I must admit, in 30 years of doing food safety, I seldom recall a health department withholding from the public the source of an outbreak – even Norovirus.

I am reminded by a story some 10 years ago – After Food Safety News broke the story that

Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: Health officials should report what restaurant is linked to outbreak

An “undetermined amount” of seasoned beef produced by Kenosha Beef International for Taco Bell was recalled late Monday, and by early Tuesday, identified as 2 million pounds of meat that was bound for the fast food restaurant’s outlets across the country.

Some of the beef is still within the window
Continue Reading Taco Bell claims credit for swift recall of seasoned beef with metal shavings

Editor’s Note: This opinion piece by Bill Marler was first published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Aug. 7. In a state dependent on tourism, foodservice workers should be vaccinated against Hepatitis A. My bet is Baskins-Robbins, Sushi Shiono, Taco Bell, Costco, Chili’s, Hawaiian Airlines and Tamashiro Market would now agree.
Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: Vaccinate foodservice workers now