The fast food chain Taco Bell has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that occurred last fall, according to The South Florida Sun-sentinel. The outbreak left 68 people ill in 10 states.
The salmonella outbreak started around mid-October last year. The 10 states that reported illnesses were Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio and Tennessee. Thirty-one percent of the patients had to be hospitalized, but no deaths were reported.
Taco Bell said in a statement on Wednesday that only some of the people that became sick ate at Taco Bell, while others had not. The restaurant chain also said that they believe that the salmonella problem occurred at the supplier before it was delivered to restaurants. The January report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) backed up the restaurant chain’s claims.
Originally, the CDC did not name Taco Bell in the report; they only referred the restaurant as a Mexican-style fast food chain, “Restaurant A”. Eventually, Food Safety News identified Taco Bell as “Restaurant A”.
Some symptoms of salmonella are diarrhea, fever, vomiting and abdominal cramps. According to the CDC, 1 in 6 people become sick every year from contaminated food.
If you or a loved one has become ill from salmonella poisoning you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and losses. Contact the attorneys at The Eichholz Law Firm to your legal options today.