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    Yo Quiero E. coli

    E. coli outbreak now in 7 states; agencies zero in on Taco Bell

    NEW YORK (CNN) -- As many as 84 people in seven states have been confirmed as having the strain of E. coli bacteria involved in an outbreak that may be linked to Taco Bell restaurants, officials said Friday.

    South Carolina and Utah are the latest states to report outbreaks of the illness. State and federal agencies are still trying to pin down the source, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the vast majority of the reported cases had eaten at Taco Bell restaurants before falling ill.

    Dr. Greg Braden of the CDC said his agency and state health departments have not seen any other sources of the illness and are zeroing in on Taco Bell and its suppliers of green onions.

    "We have some leads to say that it might be green onions, and that's based upon some preliminary testing that's been done in a number of laboratories right now, but the testing has not been confirmed, so we're keeping the options open, and the investigations that we're doing will be covering a wide range of foods, all of them served at Taco Bell specifically," Braden said.

    On a voice recording for consumers looking for more information on E. coli, Taco Bell says, "Many of the people who reported becoming ill did not eat at Taco Bell."

    Representatives for the company could not provide an updated count of consumers who contracted E. coli after eating at its restaurants. Instead they referred CNN to the health departments of the states where cases have been identified or are suspected: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, South Carolina and Utah.

    On Wednesday, Taco Bell said it had ordered the removal of all green onions from its 5,800 outlets nationwide, after three samples tested by an independent laboratory were found to be positive for E. coli.

    Focus on food distributor
    New Jersey health officials have focused attention on a food distribution warehouse in Burlington, and urged all Taco Bell locations that received shipments from there to "discard all current food supplies and clean and sanitize their facilities." Taco Bell would not confirm that the warehouse, operated by McLane Foodservice Inc., was being investigated.

    Ready Pac, a food distribution company that supplies Taco Bell's Northeast operations through a processing plant in Florence, New Jersey, says it stopped producing and shipping green onions to the restaurant's franchises on Wednesday after reports of the outbreak.

    The company released a statement saying it is working with regulatory agencies and industry experts to determine the source of the bacteria.

    Boskovich Farms in Oxnard, California,, is a main provider of green onions to Taco Bell, but the company says it has not been contacted by the FDA or any government agencies although it is aware of the E. coli outbreak. The company said in a statement that it is working closely with Taco Bell and Ready Pac to pinpoint the source of the bacteria.

    At least one lawsuit relating to the outbreak has been filed against Taco Bell. The lawsuit was filed late Wednesday by the family of an 11-year-old Long Island, New York, boy, Tyler Vormittag. It claims the boy contracted E. coli after eating at a Taco Bell on November 24 in Riverdale, New .

    "When a restaurant serves food, there is the presumption that it is safe for human consumption," said the family's attorney, Andrew Siben. "Taco Bell breached that duty when serving Mr. Vormittag a taco."

    The damages being sought will depend on the extent of injury to the fifth-grader, Siben said. The suit was filed in State Supreme Court in Suffolk County.

    Taco Bell spokesman Rob Poestch said that the company is not aware of any other lawsuits filed against it and is working closely with health department officials to find the source of the virus.

    http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/08/ecoli.outbreak/index.html

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    Re: Yo Quiero E. coli

    How can you tell the difference between normal Taco Bell side effects and E.Coli side effects?

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    "Del" wrote:
    How can you tell the difference between normal Taco Bell side effects and E.Coli side effects?
    normal Taco Bell side effects just give the trots, and normally can't kill you.

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    Re: Yo Quiero E. coli

    It's been pretty nice. I work at Taco Bell and since they were forced to close, I still got paid for what I was scheduled and still got my scheduled ot pay too. Hell, I hope taco bell stays closed forever cuz i gotta 50hr/week schedule handing me out paychecks for nuthin.
    Wait, if there's cat food in this bag............................
    I HAVE TO CHECK ON JOLLY!!!!

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    "WVV" wrote:
    "Del" wrote:
    How can you tell the difference between normal Taco Bell side effects and E.Coli side effects?
    normal Taco Bell side effects just give the trots, and normally can't kill you.
    Speak for yourself!
    ;D

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    I would like to treat BJ and TWill to a Taco Bell dinner. My treat. Any packer or packer fan is welcome.
    I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it!!

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