Taco Bell lost $20 million last fall when they had an outbreak of e. coli at some of their restaurants in the northeastern US. 71 people in 5 states became ill. The CDC said Taco Bell's shredded lettuce was the likely source of the outbreak.
Taco Bell has now announced that they will begin "on-the-farm" testing of their lettuce.
"We have rapidly put in place farm ... testing of our lettuce supply to add another level of testing," David Novak, chairman and chief executive of Louisville-based Yum Brands Inc..
Taco Bell is one of the first companies to conduct such tests, but they have not yet announced details of the on-the-farm testing program.