Taco Bell Recalls 2.3 Million Pounds of Beef Due to Metal Contamination
Taco Bell has recalled about 2.3 million pounds of beef because a customer found metal shavings in a menu item. According to a Fox News report, the recall affects restaurants in 21 states through the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast United States. Taco Bell administrators said they acted as soon as they received the first consumer complaint to remove the product from affected restaurants and informed the U.S. Department of Agriculture about the steps taken to protect consumers. The voluntary recall was issued Oct. 11.
Customers first began taking note of a beef shortage at their local Taco Bell restaurants over the weekend with some in disbelief that the chain would run out of one of its most popular ingredients. Taco Bell did not specifically say when the beef would return to its stores. The company has said they are working to replenish the supply. So far no customers have reported injuries or adverse reactions to the beef. Anyone who suffers from adverse reactions is asked to contact a healthcare provider right away. Anyone with questions is urged to contact the restaurant chain’s hotline at 1-800-TACO-BELL.
Metal Pieces in Food
Finding metal fragments in food products should not be shocking given our industrialized food system. When a piece of machinery breaks off in an electronics factory or an automotive plant, it could be a problem. But, when it happens in the food chain, that could be downright dangerous even though few deaths or serious injuries have been reported as a result of food contaminated by metal pieces.
Some companies appear to be taking steps to curb this problem. Some have been using ultrasound and nuclear magnetic resonance techniques. Others have reconfigured their production lines to minimize the number of parts that have metal moving against metal.
If You Have Been Injured
Metal pieces in food have the potential to cause serious oral injuries or even internal organ damage. Metals can also prove toxic and cause illnesses. If you or a loved one has been injured or sickened by contaminated food, you may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to help injured victims and their families secure maximum compensation for their damages and losses.