Company News & Food 13 Dec 2006 02:25 pm

Taco John’s Finds New Veggie Vendor

by Sean Hackbarth

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Taco John’s joins Taco Bell by having its own E. coli outbreak:

U.S. fast-food chain Taco John’s said on Wednesday that it is switching produce vendors for about 100 of its Mexican-themed restaurants, after an outbreak of E. coli sickened 54 of its customers.

The illnesses, which coincide with an E. coli outbreak at larger rival Taco Bell, owned by Yum Brands Inc. (YUM.N: Quote, Profile , Research), occurred at three Taco John’s restaurants in Iowa and Minnesota, far from the Northeastern states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, where most of the Taco Bell cases occurred.

Brian Dixon, marketing vice president for Taco John’s declined to name either of the vendors involved. They supply lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, yellow onions and green peppers to all three restaurants. He did say that his company did not use the same suppliers as Taco Bell.

Just avoid all fake Mexican fast food joints. That’s usually good advice 99% of the time, but there are those late night occasions (usually after consuming lots of alcohol) were a bean burrito sounds really, really good. Resist! At least until the taco twosome can get some clean veggies and tell their employees to wash their hands.

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