E. Coli in New Jersey Taco Bell?

From Reuters:

    Taco Bell said on Sunday it had temporarily closed one of its fast-food outlets and was working with New Jersey health authorities seeking the cause of an outbreak of e. Coli which has sickened nearly a dozen people, six of whom remain in hospital.

There were 11 confirmed cases of E. Coli in New Jersey, mostly children. The infections have not been confirmed to have come from the Taco Bell, you know, technically. —MEGHANN MARCO

Taco Bell closes outlet amid E. coli probe [Reuters]


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  1. AcilletaM says:

    I hope it wasn’t the chicken enchillaco.

  2. Make a run for the…lavatory.

  3. Nancy Sin says:

    Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. And e-Coli’s no walk in the park either.

  4. Hoss says:

    Didn’t TBWA use them for the last hoiday party?

  5. Jesse McBesse says:

    Say what you will about Taco Hell, but the food in that picture looks soooooo good!

  6. timmus says:

    Taco Bell needs to explain what the hell fecal bacteria is doing in their food. I’m not eating there anymore.

  7. martatuga says:

    What’s more disturbing is that they said the youngest victim is a one-year-old. Feeding fast-food to babies… that’s the way to go America!

  8. ElPresidente408 says:

    If you only knew of the horror stories at the Pizza Hut Express in my store

  9. adamondi says:

    This is one of the reasons that I would be very hesitant to feed fast food to my kids unless there was absolutely not other option. If adults get E.Coli, they usually weather the poop storm fairly well. At least, it is no different than other forms of food poisoning. However, E. Coli tends to wreak havoc on children and adults with immune deficiencies or suppressed immune systems due to medication.

    But yeah, feeding Taco Bell to a 1 year old? Bad times.

  10. Datacloud says:

    Taco Bell: Think outside the bung.

  11. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    I’ll take the Burrito and Enchalada value meal with a large Dew and a side of E. Coli.

    The sticky tape holding the “Employees must wash hands” sign in the bathroom must have given out.

  12. Falconfire says:

    Just a little update, its not contained in NJ now either, another 5 cases where reported in NY now too.

  13. acambras says:

    This can happen anywhere. It happened at Jack-in-the-Box in the 90’s. It happened with spinach this year. It can happen at “nice” restaurants, or even at Grandma’s house if she doesn’t wash up properly.

    I think because fast food chains deal with much higher volume, it would be more likely that foodborne illness could affect large numbers of people — a numbers game. That, plus the fact that these fast food chains are nationally known, means we’re going to hear a lot more about people getting E.Coli from Taco Bell than other places.

    That said, I haven’t felt like buying fresh spinach for months, and I ALWAYS make sure Grandma washes her hands with lots of hot soapy water.

  14. karimagon says:

    In many cases though, the food poisoning is because of improper processing of the meat at the meatpacking plant, not from unsanitary handling at the fast food place in question.

    Just throwing that out there.

    That is how there have been outbreaks of E. coli from packaged hamburger meat at supermarkets.