Just days after reports circulated that some Taco Bell locations had temporarily stopped using seasoned beef amid quality fears, the fast-food chain and federal health officials announced a recall affecting restaurants in 21 states.
In a Monday news release, the Food Safety and Inspection Service said Ohio-based Kenosha Beef International "is recalling an undetermined amount of seasoned beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal shavings."
The recall includes Taco Bell Seasoned Beef Taco and Burrito Filling produced from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4, according to the announcement. The affected products, which come in cases that contain eight 5-pound bags and bear establishment No. "EST. 10130," have use-by dates of "L2 11/4/19" to "L2 11/18/19," the release said.
Restaurants that have the products should discard or return them, officials said.
Although Kenosha Beef told federal officials Saturday that three customers had complained about the products, "there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions," the FSIS said.
Early Tuesday, Taco Bell announced that it had issued a voluntary recall Friday for 2.3 million pounds of seasoned beef sent to distribution centers in Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Michigan, which shipped the products to restaurants in 21 states. All of the locations had removed the affected products by Monday night, the chain said in a news release.
Anyone with questions about the recall can call Taco Bell at 1-800-822-6235 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT or Kenosha Beef at 262-859-2272, ext. 1205.
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