E. Coli: No Green Onions At Taco Bell

Taco Bell has pulled green onions from its menu after some e. coli action closed several restaurants in New York and New Jersey.

From Reuters:

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

Taco Bell pulls green onions after food scare [Reuters]


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  1. timmus says:

    Of course the question nobody is bothering to answer is how fecal bacteria got on the onions. Did someone take a dump on the vegetable processing conveyor belts?

  2. nick says:

    A nacho supreme without green onions just isn’t a nacho supreme.

    That green really tied the nachos together.

  3. Chairman-Meow says:

    The fecal waste usually comes from animal waste / fertilizer. Improper washing is the typical cause.

  4. Hoss says:

    Most of us would call the green things scallions.

    Taco Bell also announced they are testing a breakfast menu. I should trust them more with eggs??

  5. MeOhMy says:

    There was a scallion-related outbreak at ChiChi’s in PA a few years ago. Do scallion farmers grow the things in pig pens or what? Geez…

  6. Hoss says:

    Following on Troy F’s comments, according to this NY Times article the Chi-Chi issue was that scallions shipped from Mexico were left in the Mexician water before being processed.

    And we thought there was nothing authentic in these Taco Bell recipes!


  7. pestie says:

    Taco Bell has pulled green onions from IT IS menu…

    Sorry. I can’t help myself.

  8. moral of the story- green vegetables will kill you.

  9. Trai_Dep says:

    Paging Mr. Science types:

    Why all the e coli on produce lately?

    New use of fertilizers? We’re catching it when we didn’t before? Consolidation of produce vendors? More media coverage? Better testing?

    I’m confused….