Taco Bell's History of Food ScandalsMolly AronicaStaff WriterLook through the controversies linked to this fast-food giantLike many American fast-food brands, Taco Bell's history has been marked with a series of scandals related to their ingredients and safe sanitation practices.This morning, The Daily Byte reported on a newly emerging Taco Bell scandal, this time concerning a salmonella outbreak that affected 10 states in October. According to the CDC, investigators have not identified the ingredient that caused the foodborne illness, but they believe Taco Bell is linked to the case.In 2000, the Tex-Mex giant was linked to Kraft Food's nationwide recall of taco shells due to a genetically-altered corn seed that had been used during the manufacturing process. This was the first time in U.S. history that a food product made using contaminated genetically modified organisms had to be recalled.A string of other ingredient-related Taco Bell scandals surfaced in 2006 and 2007, beginning with an E. coli outbreak caused by contaminated lettuce that sickened 71 people and a similar case the following year, in which spinach that was contaminated with E. coli killed three people and sickened 200 others.Perhaps the most famous Taco Bell scandal, however, was the 2011 controversy surrounding accusations concerning the quality of their beef. The allegations suggested that Taco Bell's "seasoned beef" consists of only 36 percent real beef. Here's a collection of stories related to all things Taco Bell, including more about their infamous food scandals. 15 Notorious Food ScaresListeria, hepatitis A, botulism, E. coli, typhoid, these are some pretty heavy, dangerous things we're talking about, and they've been the culprits behind some scary outbreaks of illnesses through the years. And the sources have often been rather unassuming — products and places that you wouldn't think of being nefarious. Nestlé Toll House chocolate chip cookie dough, Chi-Chi's, Taco Bell — you're talking about the fabric of Middle America.Taco Bell Linked to Salmonella ScareOh Taco Bell, we know you were trying to class yourself up by serving breakfast burritos, but this latest story isn't going to help your reputation.Reuters reports that the fast-food chain has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that affected 68 people in 10 states last October.Reviewing Taco Bell’s New 'FirstMeal' Breakfast MenuLast year, Taco Bell rolled out its long-awaited breakfast menu at 750 locations in 10 states across the country. The Tex-Mex titan of fast food, whose parent company is Yum! Brands Inc., spent the past five years developing the 11-item menu, known as "FirstMeal."
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