Taco Bell and a supplier recalled seasoned beef for tacos and burritos after customers said they found a metal shaving in their food.
Kenosha Beef International, of Columbus, Ohio, told the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service that three people complained.
Taco Bell says it removed 100% of the 2.3 million pounds of recalled beef from its stores and distribution centers in 21 states. The restaurants affected were in the eastern Midwest, northern Southeast and Northeast.
“As soon as we received the first consumer complaint, we immediately acted to remove the product from the affected restaurants and proactively worked with the supplier to inform the USDA of our steps to protect our guests,” says Julie Masino, Taco Bell Corp. president of North America.
The product was produced at one plant location on one of two lines used to make seasoned beef, Taco Bell says.
Kenosha Beef made the taco and burrito filling on various dates from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4. It recalled cases containing eight 5-lb. plastic bag with use by dates listed as L2 11/4/19 to L2 11/18/19.
The products have establishment number 10130 on the case. The items went to five distribution centers and from there shipped to restaurant locations.
There were no reports of injuries from eating the meat at the time of the recall announcements.
People with recall questions may call 800-TACOBELL (800-822-6235) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT weekdays. Or you can call Dennis Vignieri, Kenosha Beef International president and CEO, at 262-859-2272, ext. 1205.