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Months after some Taco Bell locations were hit by a tortilla shortage, some consumers now ask where is the beef?
The company said in a news release Monday that it "took immediate action and voluntarily recalled about 2.3 million kilos of spicy beef from the restaurants and distribution centers."
The beef was removed and thrown at restaurants in "21 states above the eastern Midwest, North-Southeast and Northeast region, "the company said.
"Nothing is more important than customer safety, and nothing matters more to us than their confidence," Julie Masino, Taco Bell's president of North America, said in the release. "As soon as we received the first consumer complaint, we acted promptly 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."
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On Monday, the US Department of Food's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced some of Taco Bell's experienced large-scale beef products country. been recalled because they "may be contaminated with foreign materials, especially metal shavings."
According to the USDA, Columbus, Ohio-based Kenosha Beef International recalls "an undetermined amount of spicy beef products," w produced on different dates from September 20 to October 4.
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The beef is used in taco and burritos and came in cases containing eight five-pound plastic bags.
No adverse event reports have been confirmed due to consumption of these products, according to the USDA.
According to Taco Bell, the product was manufactured at a factory site on just one of the two lines used to make spicy beef and was shipped to distribution centers in Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Virginia.
On Saturday, Taco Bell said restaurants in some states were asking customers to try chicken or beef in their burritos after quality considerations pushed it to temporarily stop serving spicy beef.
The company said it asked the affected restaurants to stop serving spicy beef as it replenishes supplies because the beef does not meet its quality standards.
Affected locations were in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and elsewhere, although the company did not say Saturday how many stores who no longer served spicy beef.