Taco Bell e. Coli outbreak Catches the Eye of Congress

While analysts speculate on Taco Bell’s financial future, Congress is taking a look at Food Safety issues. From the Beacon Journal:

    In Congress, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., who will chair the agriculture subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, intends to hold her first hearing on food-safety issues. She hopes to haul in Taco Bell executives, along with other industry figures.

    One of her priorities will be to reintroduce legislation she co-sponsored with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., repeatedly killed in the Republican-controlled Congress, to create a single food-safety agency. Different agencies, she pointed out, regulate Taco Bell’s products. The Food and Drug Administration oversees produce while the Agriculture Department is supposed to monitor the meat and cheese.

So… is this “the department of homeland food security?” Cool? The Taco Bell e. coli outbreak was probably caused by tainted lettuce, which taco bell uses in 70% of its food. Yum, yum. —MEGHANN MARCO

Taco Bell catches interest of Congress [Beacon Journal]

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  1. adamondi says:

    Yeah, because having a single giant bureaucracy is going to be WAY better than having two agencies that focus on different categories of food. Argh.

  2. B says:

    I’m glad DHS is looking into this, as my co-workers are convinced the spinach e-coli outbreak was terrorist plot. They figured the terrorists hate Popeye, because he’s an American Icon somehow. And the Taco Bell outbreak must have been caused by those dirty Mexicans.

  3. timmus says:

    I haven’t been to Taco Bell in months. I’ve started patronizing a local Mexican fast food joint. I may not be getting safer veggies, but at least they’re more likely to give a rat’s ass about what goes into my food.

  4. planetdaddy says:

    Once again the federal government is going to step in and save us all. With all the problems we are having right now. Does this make sense to anyone? When you eat at places like Taco Bell you get what you pay for.

  5. FLConsumer says:

    C’mon, Taco Bell is a HUGE national security issue — look at all of the illegals they employ. From the fields to the front counter, it’s 100% illegals, except for the managers.

  6. voodoodle says:

    i see a bigger government agency meaning even fewer people that actually care how that food is handled.

    besides, everyone knows that fast food is bad for you. if the e. coli didn’t get ya the heart attack is just around the corner.