Tuesday, October 11, 2016

NY Taco Chain Linked to Over 150 Cases of Foodborne Illness

A NY taco chain is being linked to over 150 people becoming ill.  Cases have occurred in two counties  and it appears that a 'handful' of the Mighty Taco locations may be involved.  The symptoms are nausea and vomiting.  After removing suspect food, including refried beans, the number of cases looks to be subsiding.

An update was provided on 10/20/16.


142 reported illnesses after Mighty Taco's refried beans caused concern in Erie County

Bretton Keenan
2:49 PM, Oct 10, 2016
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ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WKBW) - Mighty Taco got a bad rep last week when customers in Erie County started complaining they got sick after eating at the fast food chain.

According to the Erie County Department of Health, there are now 142 reported illnesses linked to nine different Mighty Taco locations.

The Public Information Officer for the ECDOH, Mary St. Mary, says it is important to note that no one has reported getting sick after the suspected refried beans were removed from the restaurants.

St. Mary says it will still take weeks to see what, if anything, the New York State Department of Health is able to identify as the culprit for the illnesses in the samples.

Erie County Health Dept. says more than 100 illnesses linked to Mighty Taco
By Michael Mroziak • Oct 7, 2016

More than 100 people have reported becoming ill in recent days after eating at Mighty Taco locations. The Erie County Health Department offered an update Friday on the series of illnesses linked to the popular fast food chain.

Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein says between September 27 and noon October 6, 104 people reported feeling ill after consuming food from a Mighty Taco location. The symptoms include nausea and vomiting. No individuals who reported falling ill have required hospitalization.

Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein provides an update Friday on illnesses linked to the Mighty Taco chain.

The suspected source is refried beans. Samples have been forwarded to the New York State Department of Health's Wadsworth Laboratory in Albany for testing. County health officials warn that it will be several more days until they know the results.

"This is a very intricate investigation," Dr. Burstein said. "We're not only looking at the microbiology of the possible refried beans, we're also looking at other foods that may possibly be involved."

Mighty Taco, Dr. Burstein said, has been fully cooperative with the investigation.

The company's chief operating officer, Russell Jasulevich, issued the following statement through the Erie County Health Department: "We are appreciative that the investigation is in the competent and professional hands of the experts at the ECDOH. Mighty Taco will continue to cooperate fully in this matter as the wellbeing of our loyal customers is our first concern."

The health commissioner says there may be more people out there who have fallen ill, and investigators would like to hear from those people. Anyone else who has been sickened and believes it is after eating Mighty Taco food should call the the Health Department's Office of Epidemiology and Disease Control at 716-858-7697.

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