It doesn’t seem like we can catch a break with the recalls this year. Last week, a major chicken recall hit the delis and freezer aisles of Aldi, Food Lion and more. Before that, we saw a Kroger tuna recall due to high levels of histamine, and Gold Medal was charged with an E. coli recall. Overall, it’s been a busy year for the USDA, and it’s not slowing down.
Now, a Taco Bell recall claims a staple ingredient—2.3 million pounds of seasoned beef. The recall was initially issued on October 11, according to the Taco Bell press release, and updated by the USDA on October 14. The beef was sent to distribution centers in Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Virginia, then distributed nationwide. Right now, the recall affects 21 states, though they have not been identified.
What Taco Bell ingredients were recalled?
Named in the Taco Bell recall are 5-pound bags of seasoned beef. They’re typically labeled “Taco Bell Seasoned Beef Taco and Burrito Filling,” and they arrive at stores in eight-pack cases. Seasoned beef is used in a majority of the menu, including soft and hard shell tacos, Crunchwrap Supremes and loaded nacho boxes. The beef is under fire for containing metal shavings.
The issue first reached FSIS on October 12, when they received three complaints from customers at different stores, but Taco Bell issued a voluntary recall as early as October 11. Luckily, there have been no reports of injuries or illnesses due to recalled seasoned beef.
Do I have one of these products?
Unless you have a spare taco or two hidden away in your fridge from the last Taco Bell run, there’s little chance you have the recalled beef in your kitchen. According to the Taco Bell press release, 100% of the affected beef has been purged from the locations affected by the recall. Just in case you do have some leftover Taco Bell in your fridge, it’s worth it to take a gander, anyway. Any Taco Bell items containing seasoned beef should be tossed immediately. If you still can’t kick the craving but are concerned about the beef in other locations, you can always stick to Taco Bell’s tasty shredded chicken options.
Who can I talk to?
If you’ve eaten Taco Bell recently and are feeling sick, reach out to a healthcare professional as soon as you can. You can also direct your questions to Taco Bell Customer Service at 1-800-822-6235. This line is available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.