Taco Bell has pulled green onions from its menu after some e. coli action closed several restaurants in New York and New Jersey.
Fast food chain Taco Bell said on Wednesday it has stopped serving green onions at its roughly 5,800 restaurants following a recent outbreak of the foodborne E. coli bacteria that caused it to temporarily close nine restaurants.
Taco Bell, a unit of Yum Brands Inc., said preliminary tests showed three samples of green onions were found to be “presumptive positive” for the E. coli 0157:H7 strain. Tests were not yet conclusive, the company said.
That strain of E. coli causes an estimated 73,000 cases of infection and 60 deaths in the United States each year.
Yum, yum. Eat your veggies. —MEGHANN MARCO