Ever-popular fast food Mexican restaurant Taco Ball has issued a recall for ground beef over concerns that metal filings might have contaminated some shipments.
Roughly two million pounds of beef have been recalled by Kenosha Beef, the supplier of the ground beef used in Taco Bell’s tacos and burritos. The meat was shipped to five distribution centers and then from there to several Taco Bell locations.
What Did Taco Bell Say About the Recall?
“Nothing is more important than our customers’ safety, and nothing means more to us than their trust,” said Julie Masino, the president of Taco Bell’s North American branch. “As soon as we received the first consumer complaint, we immediately acted to remove the product from the affected restaurants and proactively worked with the supplier to inform the USDA of our steps to protect our guests.”
The ground beef affected in the recall was produced between September 20 and October 4, meaning that the products would be in stores now had they not been recalled voluntarily by Kenosha. At the time of this writing, Taco Bell has stated they have heard no reports of anyone becoming ill or injured from metallic shavings in their meal.
How Was the Issue Discovered?
As Masino stated in the press release, the first example of contaminated beef was discovered by a customer who detected metal filings in their beef. “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 company stated in an official press release.
There are a number of potential complications that could arise from metal shavings being present in food. The shavings could cause injury to the mouth or esophagus, as well as the stomach or intestines of someone who ingests them. Likewise, there’s the potential of poisoning depending on the composition of the metal. Heavy metals, for instance, can cause illness when ingested.
This recall comes only a few months after Taco Bell announced they were having issues with a tortilla supplier. This, in turn, led to a shortage of tortillas at some locations until the issue was resolved.