11:35 am February 2, 2012, by Christopher Seward
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has yet to determine the cause of a salmonella outbreak at Taco Bell restaurants in 10 states, according to the Mexican-style fast-food chain.
Georgia was not among the states reporting dozens of illnesses, which occurred last October and November.
The Atlanta-based CDC reported on Jan. 19 that it was investigating a salmonella outbreak at a fast food chain that it would only identify as “Restaurant A” because there was no public health issue, according to Food Safety News. The news organization reported this week that the Oklahoma State Department of Health confirmed Taco Bell was the chain in a report on the health exposure in that state.
The outbreak sickened 68 people in 10 states: Texas (43), Oklahoma (16), Kansas (2), Iowa (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), Nebraska (1), New Mexico (1), Ohio (1), and Tennessee (1).
In a statement reported by Dow Jones Newswires, Taco Bell said the source of the problem may have been “at the supplier level before it was delivered to any restaurant or food outlet.”
“The CDC has stated the public health is not at any risk, and this incident is completely over,” the Taco Bell statement said.
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