Taco Bell salmonella outbreak remains mystery

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.

30 comments Add your comment


February 2nd, 2012
12:43 pm

I wonder why? Perhaps because they use Alpo in place of meat? Taco Hell eaters really get what they deserve with that crap!


February 2nd, 2012
12:53 pm

wow Gee little harsh much? I don’t eat it anymore, but no need to be all mean about it.

On My Way

February 2nd, 2012
1:07 pm

I visit Taco Bell for a vegetarian type meal. Seven layer burrito and a bean tostado. Not a health meal but at least an alternative to a burger and fries.


February 2nd, 2012
1:15 pm

@ GApeach

February 2nd, 2012
12:53 pm

LOL. I was thinking the same thing.


February 2nd, 2012
1:15 pm

ever since they started serving kangaroo meat a year or two ago I no longer eat there…….


February 2nd, 2012
1:22 pm

taco bell is so heavily regulated its probably one of the safest places to eat as far as food-borne illnesses go. you want to get sick? go to a chinese buffet.

Donna Outlaw-Plank

February 2nd, 2012
1:26 pm

When a place uses Grade D meat and their shipping boxes say “Fit for human consumption”, that tells me all I need to know. I no longer eat there.


February 2nd, 2012
1:27 pm

“you want to get sick? go to a chinese buffet.”

Or, go to Taco Bell, apparently.


February 2nd, 2012
1:38 pm

Unlike McDonalds, Taco Bell must not be putting enough ammonium hydroxide in its pink-slime slurry to combat that pesky salmonella.

C from Marietta

February 2nd, 2012
1:41 pm

@On My Way

Check the Taco Bell beans. They have lard in them. They are high in fat and not meatless.

C from Marietta

February 2nd, 2012
1:43 pm


I last ate at Taco Smell in 2010. Guess why? b/c it made me ill for 4 days.
Safest place to eat. Apparently not.


February 2nd, 2012
1:48 pm

I ate at the one at Lenox Mall (if its still open) years back an got sick. Went again several months later an got sick again with same symptoms so i stay away now.


February 2nd, 2012
1:52 pm

Those people are not running for the border….it’s the bathroom.

say what?

February 2nd, 2012
2:14 pm

Hubby got sick after eating there on Sat January 21; did not know we should have reported it to CDC. I remember the date because one of the many moronic supervisors at the USPS needed a documented witness statement to why my hubby was ill. So I described the symptoms, the multi roll use of toilet paper, and how many days. But for this one stupervisor, I ended my witness stmnt with ” there was ish for days.” He got the message. And we will not eat at Taco Smell any longer.

say what?

February 2nd, 2012
2:15 pm

And we have sworn off Glutten Coral for 3 years strong. That food grade chemical that is used on the salad mixes makes you wish for samanella.


February 2nd, 2012
2:21 pm

I honestly will say that we used to eat at Taco Bell for years. We haven’t had it for almost 10-12 years now. Thank goodness we never got sick but, when you hear the grade of meat they use, that was it for us. @ say what? We have sworn off Golden Coral also. Let’s just say, it doesn’t sit well on the stomach.

Snake Oil For Sale

February 2nd, 2012
2:29 pm

Taco Hell, Golden Trough Coral, Asian Buffets, cheap Mexican food are No No’s I once saw rats picketing an Asian Buffet


February 2nd, 2012
2:30 pm

Makes you sort of wonder if the dog used in their previous ads just got old and passed away – then ground up and added to their oh-so-delicious mystery meat. Would never, ever go into one of those joints – not even if I had just spent 2 weeks in the wilderness surviving on berries, acorns and mud puddle water!

Butt Cancer

February 2nd, 2012
2:39 pm

Taco spelled backwards is o cat!

Taxi Smith

February 2nd, 2012
2:55 pm

Taco Bell spelled backwards?? That’s a real donation to this discussion. NOT.


February 2nd, 2012
3:21 pm

If you are eating at Taco Bell, health is not your priority. Being fat and unhealthy is.

Grob Hahn

February 2nd, 2012
3:40 pm

Make a ru-uuunnnn for the toilet!

Itchy butt hair

February 2nd, 2012
3:51 pm

Ok, seriously, ever since I heard about those rats climbing all over taco bell meat a few years back up north I have avoided that place. Never go to chinese buffets, they are pretty nasty from what my sister use to tell me, but why she still goes back I still can’t figure out! Taco bell uses grade F squirrel meat.


February 2nd, 2012
3:51 pm

I love me some Taco Bell. That’s why I’m 87-years young and fit as a fiddle. Think I’ll go jog down the street for a burrito right now.


February 2nd, 2012
4:06 pm

Applebees has rats. I found a whole rat in my cobb salad.

One taco please...and can you put my salmonella on the side?

February 2nd, 2012
4:31 pm

“The CDC has stated the public health is not at any risk, and this incident is completely over,”

Yeah, til the next outbreak happens. I haven’t eaten @ TB in over 12 years and don’t miss the place. Their meat is just ground up cow va-jay-jay. Thats why their meat has that texture.


February 2nd, 2012
5:02 pm

My weight:120 lbs. I’ve been very fortunate.. Never have felt sick after eating taco bell. There are so many factors involving a manifestation of bad food.. But it’s always easy to blame it on fastfoods. If it’s in tomatoes, peanut-butter, etc.. The noise is not as loud. Remember.. All we need to be sick is to be human.

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February 3rd, 2012
9:11 am


Did you eat the rat in the salad?

Did they charge you an upgrade for the protein on your tab?

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