The fast-food chain announced Tuesday that it had voluntarily recalled 2.3 million pounds of seasoned beef from restaurants and distribution centers in 21 USA states after a customer reported finding a metal shaving in a menu item last Friday.
The beef was removed from locations in "21 states across the eastern Midwest, northern Southeast and Northeast regions", their press release read on Monday.
There have been no confirmed cases of adverse reactions after eating the products, but Taco Bells are being told not to serve the beef.
On Saturday, October 12, Taco Bell informed FSIS that three customers had complained about finding metal shavings in their food. Affected locations are in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and elsewhere, though the company could not immediately say how many stores were no longer serving seasoned beef.
4, and it may contain metal shavings. In a statement, the USDA encourages anyone concerned about a possible illness or injury to contact a health care provider.
It's unknown when seasoned beef will appear on the menu again but Taco Bell assured customers in a statement to Fox News that "they are working diligently to replenish the supply in those restaurants".
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Officials are urging restaurants that may have these cases in stock to throw them out or return them.
Customers first began taking note of a beef shortage at their local Taco Bells over the weekend, with some in disbelief that the chain would run out of one of its most popular ingredients.
Steps have been taken following the FSIS protocol to ensure that the product has been effectively recalled and that customers are aware.