Taco Bell recalls all seasoned beef after metal shaving found in customer's food

Taco Bell recalls all seasoned beef after metal shaving found in customer's food Photo: Cropped Photo: JJBers / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Updated: October 15, 2019 10:29 PM

Taco Bell restaurants on Monday recalled all seasoned beef from 21 states across the eastern Midwest, northern Southeast and Northeast regions. 

According to the Unites States Department of Agriculture, an undetermined amount of seasoned beef products may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal shavings. 


Approximately 2.3 million pounds of season beef from its restautants and distribution centers have been recalled. 

"Nothing is more important than our customers' safety, and nothing means more to us than their trust," said Julie Masino, president of North America, Taco Bell Corp. "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."

Taco Bell stated the problem was discovered when a customer reported they found a metal shaving in their menu item. The company immediately partnered with the supplier to shut down the supply chain, remove the product from the resturants and distribution centers, then notify Unites States Department of Agriculture.

The product was sent to Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Ohio and Virginia distribution centers. 

To read more about the contamination, click here

Taco Bell restaurants in some states are asking customers to try chicken or steak in their burritos after quality concerns pushed it to stop serving seasoned beef temporarily.

The company said Saturday that it told affected restaurants to stop serving seasoned beef it as it replenishes supplies. The company says the beef didn't meet its quality standards. Affected locations are in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and elsewhere, though the company could not immediately say how many stores were no longer serving seasoned beef.

Customers were complaining on Twitter about not being able to satiate late-night cravings. In a statement, the company apologized for any inconvenience.

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