Chileeee, drop that chalupa and save a life today (or don’t if you trying to secure a bag). Taco Bell is recalling more than 2.3 million pounds of its seasoned ground beef after a customer complained they had found metal shavings in their meat.
Taco Bell responded expeditiously by temporarily removing seasoned ground beef from the menu at restaurants and from distribution centers in nearly two dozen states, according to TODAY.
Containers of the seasoned beef, which is produced by Kenosha Beef International, were shipped to five distribution centers in the U.S. (in Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Virginia), and then to Taco Bell locations across the country.
In total, this recall impacted “21 states across the eastern Midwest, northern Southeast and Northeast regions,” said Taco Bell in a statement. The seasoned beef, which came in 5-pound bags, was produced between September 20th and October 4th, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
“Nothing is more important than our customers’ safety, and nothing means more to us than their trust,” said Julie Masino, Taco Bell’s president of North America. “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.”
A lot of Taco Bell’s most popular items, like its Chalupa Supreme, quesadillas, tacos and Cheesy Gorditas, use the seasoned beef affected by the recall.
According to the USDA, there have been no reports of illness or any “adverse reaction to the beef,” but Taco Bell is encouraging anyone who is concerned to contact a healthcare provider.
Customers can also reach out to the chain’s customer service representatives at 1-800-TACOBELL (1-800-822-6235) from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. PST. We’ll keep you posted on any updates.