Taco Bell Salmonella Outbreak in Oklahoma, Texas and Other States

This post on the Taco Bell outbreak below was written in 2012. If you think you contracted a Salmonella infection (salmonellosis) or another form of food poisoning after eating at a Taco Bell restaurant, you can contact our law firm to talk to a Salmonella lawyer about a lawsuit.

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Taco Bell is a fast food chain restaurant with locations in all 50 states. It is a subsidiary of YUM! Brands, Inc.

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Taco Bell was the restaurant involved in a Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak that  sickened 68 people in Texas (43), Oklahoma (16),
Kansas (2), Iowa (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), Nebraska (1), New Mexico (1), Ohio (1), and Tennessee (1), according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH).  Although the CDC only referred to Taco Bell as Mexican Restaurant Chain A in its January 19 final report, OSDH identified Taco Bell as the mysterious Mexican Restaurant Chain A.

OSDH also released their Summary of Supplemental Questionnaire Responses Specific to  Taco Bell Exposure of Oklahoma Outbreak-associated Cases below:

Multistate Salmonella Enteritidis Outbreak Investigation
November 2011 – January 2012
Summary Demographic information

  • 16 cases in 5 Oklahoma counties: Cleveland (10), Bryan (2), Lincoln (2), Pottawatomie (1), and Greer (1)
  • Onset date range: 10/21/2011 – 11/18/2011 (1 onset date unknown but believes around Thanksgiving)
  • Hospitalizations: 4
  • Gender distribution: 10 (63%) females and 6 (37%) males
  • Age range: 5 to 78 years (median 23 years)
  • Taco Bell exposure summary of Oklahoma cases from supplemental case-control questionnaire responses
  • Total Oklahoma cases: 16
  • Total interviewed: 12/16 (4 refused or were lost-to-follow-up)
  • Consumed food from Taco Bell: 8/11

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