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E.Coli Investigation Closes N.J. Taco Bell
CBS News: HealthWatch
(AP) NEWARK, N.J. An outbreak of E. coli bacteria has sickened at least 11 people in New Jersey over the past two weeks, officials said.

"This is a significant outbreak of a serious disease, and a significant amount of people are ill," Middlesex County Director of Health David Papi told The Star-Ledger.

Investigators are still trying to figure out how and where the victims became infected, the newspaper reported in Sunday's editions.

The youngest patient is 1 and the oldest is 23. Two of the 11 had developed a serious condition called hemolytic uremic syndrome that can permanently damage the kidneys.

Nine of the 11 ate at a Taco Bell restaurant in South Plainfield that was voluntarily closed on Thursday because of the investigation, but Papi said inspectors did not find any significant health code violations there last week. Tests are being performed on the restaurant's 21 employees to see if any are infected.

A spokesman for Taco Bell Corp., Rob Poetsch, said in a statement that the restaurant and its food has been tested by the Middlesex County Health Department and given a clean bill of health.

"We have taken every precaution, including temporarily closing the restaurant until the investigation is completed, as nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our customers and employees," Poetsch said.

E. coli, short for Escherichia coli, is a common and ordinarily harmless intestinal bacteria. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the strain of E. coli that caused the New Jersey infections is often found in the intestines of healthy goats, sheep and cattle, and most infections are associated with undercooked meat.

It can be passed from person to person if people don't take steps such as thoroughly washing their hands.

E. coli may also be found in sprouts or green leafy vegetables such as spinach. Earlier this year, three people died
Originally posted by ratso:
I suspect it was fertilizer. I wonder if TAco Belle receive their green onions in plastic bags that advertized it as "washed" - (yea sure) like the last bagged and washed spinach

I don't think the contamination comes from being unwashed or not washed correctly. I think it has to do with using dead animals in composting the fertilizers. The e-coli (that particular strain)comes from the intestines of the dead animals that are allowed to be composted into the animal feces for fertilizer. It is not an exact science and they do not always fully decompose.

This is why farmers in the old days would never compost dead animals. They would dispose of them by placing them in an area where predators would eat them. Later on, they were rendered into pet foods. Rendering these animals is no longer as popular or lucrative because people got educated about what is in the meat-meal on the label of Fidos food. Then someone got the bright idea to save money in disposal costs and earn some money by compsting dead carcasses into commercial fertilizers. It should be illegal!
Originally posted by Opus Two:
Originally posted by sprnplr:
Originally posted by Bella Donna:
Some kitchen help must not be washing his/her hands after taking a poopy.

Are you going to capitalize on this situation Miamiatty? Razz

a poopy? Roll Eyes

What, your never taketh a "poopy"?

Not since I was three!

I take deuces, ****s, drop a load, or if in mixed company I'll just excuse myself.

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