Taco Bell Recalls 2.3 Million Pounds of Seasoned Beef Amid Metal Contamination Fears

USDA says risk to human health 'high' as 3 Taco Bell customers find metal shavings in meals

According to a USDA press release on Oct. 14, Taco Bell is recalling some 2.3 million pounds of seasoned beef used in the companys tacos and burritos.

A statement from Taco Bell said that restaurants “in the eastern Midwest, northern Southeast and Northeast regions” of the United States have experienced shortages of the key ingredient.

“On Friday, Oct. 11, Taco Bell took immediate action and voluntarily recalled approximately 2.3 million pounds of seasoned beef from its restaurants and distribution centers. As of 9 a.m. PDT, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, 100 percent of the affected restaurants in 21 states across the eastern Midwest, northern Southeast and Northeast regions impacted have confirmed product has been removed and discarded.”

The Taco Bell statement continued: “The problem was discovered when a customer reported they found a metal shaving in their menu item. To ensure the safety of our guests, the company immediately partnered with the supplier to shut down the supply chain, remove the product from restaurants and distribution centers and notify the USDA.

The product was produced at one plant location on only one of the two lines used to make seasoned beef. This product was sent to distribution centers in the following states: Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Virginia.”

The United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) news release states, “Kenosha Beef International, a Columbus, Ohio establishment, is recalling … seasoned beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal shavings,” according to the USDAs Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The FSIS did not indicate how the metal shavings had contaminated the meat filling material.

Approximately 1,150 tons of seasoned beef used in Taco Bell products have since been removed from restaurant locations across the United States.

The seasoned beef products were manufactured on between Sept. 20 and Oct. 4, 2019, and were packed in cases that contained eight 5-lb. plastic bags of “TACO BELL SEASONED BEEF Taco and Burrito Filling”, according to the USDA.

“The products subject to recall bear establishment number EST. 10130 on the case. These items were shipped to five distribution centers, and from there shipped to restaurant locations nationwide. The problem was discovered when the firm notified FSIS on Oct. 12, 2019, that it received three customer complaints,” said the USDA statement.

One of three Taco Bell product labels related to the recall of 2.3 million lbs. of seasoned beef. (Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture)

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