Friday, February 16, 2007

Taco Bell to test lettuce at the farm

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.


Celeste said...

This is extremely useful. I didn't know we could get e coli through veggies.
Now I know...thank goodness

Anonymous said...

veggies tested for ecoil. out of your minds

Anonymous said...

The e. Coli doesn't come from the vegetables per se, but from the cattle manure that's spread on them while they're growing - manure that's improperly handled in the first place.

Thank you industrialized agriculture!