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Taco Bell seasoned beef recalled due to possible metal shaving contamination

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Kenosha Beef International, based in Columbus, Ohio, recalled “an undetermined amount” of meat that may be contaminated with metal shavings, according to a USDA press release.

As of Oct. 14, “there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products,” the release stated. 

The USDA has deemed this a Class 1 recall, which they defined as “a health hazard situation where there is reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

The release states that the contamination occurred in “Taco Bell seasoned beef taco and burrito filling” produced on “various dates” from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4. The potentially contaminated products were shipped in cases containing eight five pound bags of the meat product with the establishment number “EST. 10130” written outside the box.

The cases were shipped to five distribution centers and subsequently delivered to “restaurant locations nationwide,” according to the release.

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service first discovered the problem on Oct. 12 following three customer complaints. 

The FSIS is urging any restaurants with products bearing this number to immediately discard or return them.

It is currently unclear if the product was delivered to the Taco Bell located in Presque Isle. Attempts to reach the restaurant have been unsuccessful. 

Any consumers with further questions about the recall are being asked to contact Dennis Vignieri, President and CEO of Kenosha Beef International at (262) 859-2272, ext. 1205.

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