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					                    Food Safety & Defense Alerts                                                 Outbreak Bulletin
                    7-Dec-06 ( ) Thursday



                      [E. Coli 0157:H7 – NY-NJ-CT – Taco Bell Restaurants – UD#17]
                                                        Snapshot


    1. Ready Pac Confirms Halting Shipments of Green Onions to Taco Bell

    2. NYT: As More Are Stricken by E. Coli, Taco Bell Points to Green Onions
       [Ready Pac bought the onions from a California producer, Boskovich Farms]

    3. E. coli investigators focus on scallions, test non-meat ingredients in Taco Bell menu items
         [cilantro, cheddar cheese, blended cheese, green onions, yellow onions, tomatoes and lettuce]

Ready Pac Confirms Halting Shipments of Green Onions to Taco Bell
(PR Newswire 12/07 00:09:36)

IRWINDALE, Calif., Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Following a report from Taco Bell Corp. of a preliminary and
inconclusive test for E.coli O157:H7 on green onions, Ready Pac took immediate precautionary measures to protect
public health.

"Even though the test results are not confirmed, we have taken every prudent precaution and immediately stopped
production and shipments of all green onions," emphasized Steve Dickstein, VP Marketing for Ready Pac. Green
onions are only produced in a limited production run exclusively for Taco Bell in one section of the Ready Pac
Florence, N.J. plant. "All raw and processed green onions have been removed from the plant as part of our
precautionary measures."

Ready Pac is working with Taco Bell, regulatory agencies, and industry experts to determine the root cause of this
issue. Ready Pac fully cooperated with the FDA and local health officials during their visit today. All operations are
continuing normally, except for the green onion line, which was previously discontinued.

Ready Pac purchases green onions from a reputable grower equally committed to food safety. Importantly, green
onions are not used in any other product Ready Pac sells to either foodservice restaurants or for retail product
distribution.

NYT: As More Are Stricken by E. Coli, Taco Bell Points to Green Onions
(N.Y. Times Full Text 12/07 04:36:45)

The total number of cases in three Northeastern states swelled to 99, implicating several additional restaurants and a
second food distributor, who said the onions came from a California farm.

Taco Bell officials said early yesterday that their preliminary tests had traced the E. coli to three samples of green
onions, which the restaurant chain sprinkles on many of its menu items. In what the company president, Greg Creed,
called "an abundance of caution," Taco Bell removed green onions from its 5,800 outlets across the United States.

A Suffolk County laboratory later confirmed E. coli in three of four green onions taken from a previously unopened
package at one of the restaurants, "suggesting that it was already contaminated before it arrived," said Suffolk's acting
health commissioner, Dr. David G. Graham. County officials retrieved the green onions from a Taco Bell in Deer Park
after the franchise identified them as the probable cause of the outbreak.

New cases were reported yesterday in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

In New York, the number of sick people on Long Island nearly doubled to 41, while the outbreak spread to far-flung
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counties upstate, where several new cases were reported. The Taco Bell franchises in upstate New York get their food
from a distribution center in Albany, not the huge warehouse in Burlington, N.J., that serves the Taco Bell outlets first
tied to the outbreak.

Three new cases were reported in New Jersey, for a total of 43 under investigation.

In Pennsylvania, officials reported three new cases for a total of seven.
                                                           ****
Ready Pac, which Taco Bell praised with an award in 2001 for "outstanding performance" in food safety, was one of
dozens of companies that recalled prepackaged spinach during an E. coli outbreak in September that killed 3 people
and sickened more than 200 in 26 states.

"We have taken every prudent precaution and immediately stopped production and shipments of all green onions," said
Steve Dickstein, the vice president for marketing at Ready Pac. He said the onions were produced in only one section
of the plant, and only for Taco Bell.

Mr. Dickstein said Ready Pac bought the onions from a California producer, Boskovich Farms. At the Florence
plant, green onions are cut, washed and sanitized three times, he said, then bagged, boxed and sent to McLane for
distribution.

A spokeswoman for Boskovich said it was working closely with Taco Bell in the investigation.
                                                          ****
While state authorities have identified 99 probable cases, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited
43 confirmed cases.

Besides on Long Island, the new cases reported in New York were in the Middletown area of Orange County, the
Cooperstown area of Otsego County, the Utica-Rome region in Oneida County, and Clinton County near the Canadian
border.

E. coli investigators focus on scallions, test non-meat ingredients in Taco Bell menu items
(AP Alerts 12/07 06:20:41)

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. (AP) - Non-meat ingredients of Taco Bell menu items are under close scrutiny by state
and federal investigators trying to pinpoint the cause of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened nearly four dozen people
in three states.
                                                           ****
Later Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is gathering samples of all non-meat items
served in the restaurants that could carry the pathogen and planned to test them at FDA laboratories. The items
include cilantro, cheddar cheese, blended cheese, green onions, yellow onions, tomatoes and lettuce, the FDA
said.

California is the nation's largest supplier of green onions. But by December, as winter sets in, the vegetable is typically
imported from Mexico.
                                                            ****
Investigators were focusing on a southern New Jersey warehouse that distributes food to the region's Taco Bells and a
nearby produce processing plant that supplies Taco Bell restaurants in the New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia
areas with green onions, shredded lettuce, regular onions, tomatoes and cilantro.

A spokesman for the processing company, Ready Pac, said Wednesday that it had cleared the plant of all raw and
processed green onions, which it gets from a California grower.

``Even though the test results are not confirmed, we have taken every prudent precaution and immediately stopped
production and shipments of all green onions,'' said Steve Dickstein, VP marketing for Ready Pac.

The company has not taken similar measures with the other vegetables, he said.
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Ready Pac Confirms Halting Shipments of Green Onions to Taco Bell
(PR Newswire 12/07 00:09:36)

IRWINDALE, Calif., Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Following a report from Taco Bell Corp. of a preliminary and
inconclusive test for E.coli O157:H7 on green onions, Ready Pac took immediate precautionary measures to protect
public health.

"Even though the test results are not confirmed, we have taken every prudent precaution and immediately stopped
production and shipments of all green onions," emphasized Steve Dickstein, VP Marketing for Ready Pac. Green
onions are only produced in a limited production run exclusively for Taco Bell in one section of the Ready Pac
Florence, N.J. plant. "All raw and processed green onions have been removed from the plant as part of our
precautionary measures."

Ready Pac is working with Taco Bell, regulatory agencies, and industry experts to determine the root cause of this
issue. Ready Pac fully cooperated with the FDA and local health officials during their visit today. All operations are
continuing normally, except for the green onion line, which was previously discontinued.

Ready Pac purchases green onions from a reputable grower equally committed to food safety. Importantly, green
onions are not used in any other product Ready Pac sells to either foodservice restaurants or for retail product
distribution.

Ready Pac has earned an outstanding safety record for nearly 40 years and is saddened by the news of the E.coli
outbreak and to hear about those who have fallen ill. Food safety has always been our number one priority and we
believe that any food related illness is one too many.

"Again, the test results are inconclusive but we have taken these precautionary measures as we investigate the issues.
Ready Pac will continue to take all necessary steps and will continue to fully communicate updates to our customers,
consumers, suppliers, and the media," Dickstein added.

California-based Ready Pac is a premier processor of fresh-cut produce.

With processing facilities across the U.S., Ready Pac's award-winning salads, fresh-cut fruit and convenience
vegetables are distributed in supermarkets and restaurant chains across North America. For more information, visit
www.readypac.com.

SOURCE Ready Pac

Contact Information: Steve Dickstein, Vice President, Marketing, Ready Pac, +1-800-800-4088 ext. 9831

WebSite: http://www.readypac.com

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NYT: As More Are Stricken by E. Coli, Taco Bell Points to Green Onions
(N.Y. Times Full Text 12/07 04:36:45)

The total number of cases in three Northeastern states swelled to 99, implicating several additional restaurants and a
second food distributor, who said the onions came from a California farm.

Taco Bell officials said early yesterday that their preliminary tests had traced the E. coli to three samples of green
onions, which the restaurant chain sprinkles on many of its menu items. In what the company president, Greg Creed,
called "an abundance of caution," Taco Bell removed green onions from its 5,800 outlets across the United States.

A Suffolk County laboratory later confirmed E. coli in three of four green onions taken from a previously unopened
package at one of the restaurants, "suggesting that it was already contaminated before it arrived," said Suffolk's acting
health commissioner, Dr. David G. Graham. County officials retrieved the green onions from a Taco Bell in Deer Park
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after the franchise identified them as the probable cause of the outbreak.

New cases were reported yesterday in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

In New York, the number of sick people on Long Island nearly doubled to 41, while the outbreak spread to far-flung
counties upstate, where several new cases were reported. The Taco Bell franchises in upstate New York get their food
from a distribution center in Albany, not the huge warehouse in Burlington, N.J., that serves the Taco Bell outlets first
tied to the outbreak.

Three new cases were reported in New Jersey, for a total of 43 under investigation.

In Pennsylvania, officials reported three new cases for a total of seven.
                                                           ****
Ready Pac, which Taco Bell praised with an award in 2001 for "outstanding performance" in food safety, was one of
dozens of companies that recalled prepackaged spinach during an E. coli outbreak in September that killed 3 people
and sickened more than 200 in 26 states.

"We have taken every prudent precaution and immediately stopped production and shipments of all green onions," said
Steve Dickstein, the vice president for marketing at Ready Pac. He said the onions were produced in only one section
of the plant, and only for Taco Bell.

Mr. Dickstein said Ready Pac bought the onions from a California producer, Boskovich Farms. At the Florence
plant, green onions are cut, washed and sanitized three times, he said, then bagged, boxed and sent to McLane for
distribution.

A spokeswoman for Boskovich said it was working closely with Taco Bell in the investigation.
                                                          ****
While state authorities have identified 99 probable cases, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited
43 confirmed cases.

Besides on Long Island, the new cases reported in New York were in the Middletown area of Orange County, the
Cooperstown area of Otsego County, the Utica-Rome region in Oneida County, and Clinton County near the Canadian
border.

Publication Date: Thursday December 07, 2006
Metropolitan Desk; Section A; Page 1; Column 1
c. 2006 New York Times Company
By ANDREW MARTIN and BRUCE LAMBERT; Cindy Chang, Anthony DePalma, Tina Kelley and Jonathan Miller
contributed reporting.

After Taco Bell traced a growing E. coli outbreak to green onions at its restaurants yesterday morning, government
investigators began an intensive search to identify the source of the contamination. The total number of cases in three
Northeastern states swelled to 99, implicating several additional restaurants and a second food distributor, who said the
onions came from a California farm.

Taco Bell officials said early yesterday that their preliminary tests had traced the E. coli to three samples of green
onions, which the restaurant chain sprinkles on many of its menu items. In what the company president, Greg Creed,
called "an abundance of caution," Taco Bell removed green onions from its 5,800 outlets across the United States.

A Suffolk County laboratory later confirmed E. coli in three of four green onions taken from a previously unopened
package at one of the restaurants, "suggesting that it was already contaminated before it arrived," said Suffolk's acting
health commissioner, Dr. David G. Graham. County officials retrieved the green onions from a Taco Bell in Deer Park
after the franchise identified them as the probable cause of the outbreak.

New cases were reported yesterday in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

In New York, the number of sick people on Long Island nearly doubled to 41, while the outbreak spread to far-flung
counties upstate, where several new cases were reported. The Taco Bell franchises in upstate New York get their food
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from a distribution center in Albany, not the huge warehouse in Burlington, N.J., that serves the Taco Bell outlets first
tied to the outbreak.

Three new cases were reported in New Jersey, for a total of 43 under investigation. The new cases included that of a
43-year-old North Plainfield man who ate at a Taco Bell on Dec. 2, far later than most of the other victims, who
reported getting sick after eating at the restaurants about the third week of November.

In Pennsylvania, officials reported three new cases for a total of seven.

While some of the victims told investigators that they had not eaten green onions, "with green vegetables there is a
possibility of cross-contamination from onions to other food substances in the production line," said Harry Duran,
public health epidemiologist for Camden County, N.J.

As the inquiry widened, federal and state officials were investigating two New Jersey suppliers to Taco Bell: McLane
Foodservice, of Burlington, and Ready Pac Produce in Florence. McLane is the sole distributor of ingredients including
cheese, meat and produce for Taco Bell stores in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware and on Long Island. Ready
Pac, which is based in California, processes produce like lettuce, tomato and onions.

Bart McKay, associate general counsel for McLane, a Texas-based company, said inspectors from the New Jersey
Department of Health and the federal Food and Drug Administration looked at shipping dates and other documents at
the 192,000-square-foot Burlington facility, but did not inspect any of the food areas.

Shane Falls, general manager of the warehouse, which provides food for 1,100 restaurants, including KFC, Pizza Hut
and Long John Silver's as well as Taco Bell, said, "We're cooperating in any way we can."

Ready Pac, which Taco Bell praised with an award in 2001 for "outstanding performance" in food safety, was one of
dozens of companies that recalled prepackaged spinach during an E. coli outbreak in September that killed 3 people
and sickened more than 200 in 26 states.

"We have taken every prudent precaution and immediately stopped production and shipments of all green onions," said
Steve Dickstein, the vice president for marketing at Ready Pac. He said the onions were produced in only one section
of the plant, and only for Taco Bell.

Mr. Dickstein said Ready Pac bought the onions from a California producer, Boskovich Farms. At the Florence plant,
green onions are cut, washed and sanitized three times, he said, then bagged, boxed and sent to McLane for
distribution.

A spokeswoman for Boskovich said it was working closely with Taco Bell in the investigation.

The spreading crisis at Taco Bell is at least the third episode of illness linked to produce in the last three months. In
addition to the September outbreak tied to California spinach, there was a rash of salmonella linked to tomatoes that
made dozens of people ill in 21 states. And green onions were the culprit in a 2003 outbreak of hepatitis that began at a
Chi-Chi's restaurant in Pennsylvania.

In recent years, the number of outbreaks from contaminated produce has far surpassed those from beef and poultry and
has drawn nearly even with those linked to seafood, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a
nutrition advocacy group. While there are more food-borne outbreaks related to seafood, far more people get sick from
produce outbreaks, the group found.

"I think we are really at a tipping point for consumer confidence with fresh fruits and vegetables," said Caroline Smith
DeWaal, the group's director of food safety. She noted that the F.D.A.'s guidelines for safe farming practices were
voluntary and that the number of inspectors had been pared by budget cuts.

The F.D.A. regulates the produce and seafood industries, while the Department of Agriculture oversees poultry and
meat production.

"We are doing a number of things to address food-borne outbreaks and recognize that the system is not perfect," said
an F.D.A. spokeswoman, Julie Zawisza. "But fresh produce does carry risks, and we are committed to finding effective
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ways to prevent and reduce incidents and have made good progress using available resources in a more targeted and
strategic way."

The current outbreak is not the first time that people have gotten sick from eating green onions, also called scallions, at
Taco Bell. In 2000, 23 people in Florida contracted hepatitis A after eating green onions at a Taco Bell, and similar
outbreaks in Nevada and Kentucky were tied to green onions from Taco Bell, said Andrew Weisbecker, a Seattle
lawyer who represented people who sued in the Florida case. Taco Bell declined to comment on that case.

The number of people who have fallen ill in recent weeks is minuscule given the number of people who eat at Taco
Bell, which the company estimates at 5,000 to 7,000 a week at a given store. Doctors said possible explanations were
that the bacteria were limited to a small quantity of produce or that resistance to E. coli varied among customers.

E. coli, a common bacteria that lives in the intestines of humans and animals, is normally harmless. Toxic strains can
cause diarrhea and abdominal cramps. A small percentage of patients suffer severe or even fatal consequences,
involving kidney failure, anemia and bleeding. Such complications sometimes occur after the patient gets well enough
to leave the hospital, then relapses, as happened with a 12-year-old boy in Nassau County last week.

While state authorities have identified 99 probable cases, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited
43 confirmed cases.

Besides on Long Island, the new cases reported in New York were in the Middletown area of Orange County, the
Cooperstown area of Otsego County, the Utica-Rome region in Oneida County, and Clinton County near the Canadian
border.

Photo: McLane Foodservice in Burlington, N.J., is one of two food distributors linked to E. coli contamination at Taco
Bells in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The other is Ready Pac Produce in Florence, N.J.

(Photo by Tim Larsen for The New York Times)(pg. B8) Chart/Map: "E. Coli's Spread"

An outbreak of E. coli has affected more than 20 Taco Bell restaurants and sickened at least 99 people.

People fell ill in several counties in upstate New York, but the Taco Bell locations were unknown.

Resident of each county with confirmed or probable case of E. coli. Taco Bell locations in italics.

NEW YORK Nassau County 29 people fell ill New Hyde Park location: 5 East Meadow: 4 Hempstead: 3 Hicksville,
Broadway Mall: 3 Merrick: 3 Hicksville, S. Oyster Bay Rd.: 2 Levittown: 2 Seaford: 2 Hicksville, Old Country Rd.: 1
Long Beach: 1 Lynbrook: 1 Oceanside: 1 Rockville Centre: 1 Suffolk County: 12 Riverhead: 4 Port Jefferson: 3
Patchogue: 2 Deer Park: 1 Multiple locations*: 1 Unknown: 1 Clinton, Oneida, Orange and Otsego Counties: 8 NEW
JERSEY Camden, Middlesex, Passaic, Somerset, and Union Counties: 43 PENNSYLVANIA Montgomery and
Philadelphia Counties: 7 *Ate at Roosevelt Field Mall and Broadway Mall in Nassau County Map of New York
City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Long Island highlighting location(s) of Taco Bell with possible link to outbreak
and food distribution center.

(Sources by New Jersey State, New York State, Nassau County, Suffolk County and Montgomery County Departments
of Health)(pg. B8)
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E. coli investigators focus on scallions, test non-meat ingredients in Taco Bell menu items
(AP Alerts 12/07 06:20:41) Eds: PMs.


By BETH DeFALCO
Associated Press Writer

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. (AP) - Non-meat ingredients of Taco Bell menu items are under close scrutiny by state
and federal investigators trying to pinpoint the cause of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened nearly four dozen people

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in three states.

Taco Bell ordered scallions removed from its 5,800 U.S. restaurants Wednesday after tests by an independent lab found
three samples of green onions appeared to have a dangerous strain of the bacterium.

``In an abundance of caution, we've decided to pull all green onions from our restaurants until we know conclusively
whether they are the cause of the E. coli outbreak,'' said Greg Creed, president of Irvine, Calif.-based Taco Bell.

Later Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is gathering samples of all non-meat items
served in the restaurants that could carry the pathogen and planned to test them at FDA laboratories. The items
include cilantro, cheddar cheese, blended cheese, green onions, yellow onions, tomatoes and lettuce, the FDA
said.

California is the nation's largest supplier of green onions. But by December, as winter sets in, the vegetable is typically
imported from Mexico.

Tainted green onions from Mexico were blamed for a 2003 outbreak of hepatitis A in western Pennsylvania that was
also traced to a Mexican restaurant. Four people died and more than 600 people were sickened after eating the green
onions at a Chi-Chi's.

At least 46 confirmed cases of E. coli sickness linked to Taco Bell have been reported in New Jersey, New York and
Pennsylvania.

The FDA said late Wednesday that there are also possible cases in Delaware and Connecticut.

All 15 Taco Bell restaurants in Philadelphia voluntarily closed Wednesday following a recommendation by the city's
Department of Public Health.

Two restaurants on New York's Long Island were also closed Wednesday for cleaning. The chain, a subsidiary of Yum
Brands Inc., had reopened other restaurants there linked to the outbreak. A Taco Bell in South Plainfield, N.J., also
remained closed for cleanup.

Investigators were focusing on a southern New Jersey warehouse that distributes food to the region's Taco Bells and a
nearby produce processing plant that supplies Taco Bell restaurants in the New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia
areas with green onions, shredded lettuce, regular onions, tomatoes and cilantro.

A spokesman for the processing company, Ready Pac, said Wednesday that it had cleared the plant of all raw and
processed green onions, which it gets from a California grower.

``Even though the test results are not confirmed, we have taken every prudent precaution and immediately stopped
production and shipments of all green onions,'' said Steve Dickstein, VP marketing for Ready Pac.

The company has not taken similar measures with the other vegetables, he said.

At least five people in the three states remained hospitalized, including an 11-year-old boy in stable condition with
kidney damage. New Jersey's health commissioner has said the most recent case of E. coli was reported Nov. 29, so the
danger of infection appears to have passed.

E. coli is found in the feces of humans and livestock. Most E. coli infections are associated with undercooked meat.
The bacteria also can be found on sprouts or leafy vegetables such as spinach.

The germs can be spread by people if they do not thoroughly wash their hands after using the bathroom.

E. coli, or Escherichia coli, is a common and ordinarily harmless bacteria, but certain strains can cause abdominal
cramps, fever, bloody diarrhea, kidney failure, blindness, paralysis and death.

Earlier this year, three people died and more than 200 fell ill in an E. coli outbreak that was traced to packaged, fresh
spinach grown in California.
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RBC Capital Markets analyst Larry Miller said the outbreak could affect Taco Bell sales in the short term. ``It will take
time for consumers to get confidence back, but it will come back,'' he said.

Taco Bell established a telephone number, 1-800-TACO BELL, for those with concerns about the outbreak.

Associated Press writers Angela Delli Santi in Trenton and Garance Burke and Olivia Munoz in Fresno, Calif.,
contributed to this report.

On the Net:         National Institutes of Health: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ecoliinfections.html

AP-NY-12-07-06 0620EST
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Outbreak Bulletin 6-Dec-06 (I) Wednesday [E. Coli 0157:H7 – NY-NJ-CT – Taco Bell Restaurants – UD#16]
Taco Bell Voluntarily Removes Green Onions from Canada
AP Update: Confirmed cases rise to 46, FDA reporting probable case in Del., suspected cases in Conn.; latest illness
occurred Dec. 2.; 15 Taco Bell Restaurants in Philli voluntarily closed

Outbreak Bulletin 6-Dec-06 (H) Wednesday [E. Coli 0157:H7 – NY-NJ-CT – Taco Bell Restaurants – UD#15]
[AP reports authorities also planned to look at a nearby facility of a produce processor, Ready Pac Produce, which handles
lettuce, tomatoes, onions and other ingredients for Taco Bell]

Outbreak Bulletin 6-Dec-06 (F) Wednesday [E. Coli 0157:H7 – NY-NJ-CT – Taco Bell Restaurants – UD#14]
[McLane Co.: Feds selected samples of green onions, regular onions, cilantro, tomatoes and lettuce for testing Wednesday] :
After E. coli outbreak, Taco Bell removes green onions

Outbreak Bulletin 6-Dec-06 (D-1) Wednesday [E. Coli 0157:H7 – NY-NJ – Taco Bell Restaurants – UD#13]
[Correction: No Recall Announced – Taco Bell Action a Voluntary Action]
Taco Bell Voluntarily Removes Green Onions

Product Recall Bulletin 6-Dec-06 (D) Wednesday [E. Coli 0157:H7 – NY-NJ – Taco Bell Restaurants – UD#13]
Taco Bell Voluntarily Removes Green Onions

Outbreak Bulletin 6-Dec-06 ( ) Wednesday [E. Coli 0157:H7 – NY-NJ – Taco Bell Restaurants – UD#12]
1. New Cases of Possible E Coli Illness Are Found (Suspect cases in CT & PA)
(LA Times / Washington Post 12/06 03:02:06) By Bart Jones (c) 2006, Newsday
2. Pa. health officials investigating four E. coli cases (AP Alerts 12/05 23:00:28)
3. DNA studied to connect the cases [Newsday - Long Island,NY,USA - Wed 12/6/2006 7:00 AM]
4. Closed Taco Bells all used same food distributor, company says (AP Alerts 12/05 20:00:52)
5. NYT: New Jersey Distribution Site Is Scrutinized as More E. Coli Cases Are Reported (N.Y. Times 12/06 04:37)
6. E. coli outbreak: Mystery that goes beyond meat As Taco Bell fare passes tests, experts say any food could be culprit
[Star-Ledger – 12/6/06]
7. Law Offices of Brodsky & Smith, LLC Announces Investigation of E. coli Outbreak Following the Temporary Closure of
a Taco Bell Outlet (Market Wire via AP Alerts 12/05 22:55:04)
8. Experts: Precooking may safeguard Taco Bell ingredients (AP Alerts 12/05 19:15:06)
9. Experts: Taco Bell E.coli Outbreak Will Sicken Brand (Brandweek) (MO 12/05 23:57:06)

Outbreak Bulletin 5-Dec-06 (P) Tuesday [E. Coli 0157:H7 – NY-NJ – Taco Bell Restaurants – UD#11]
DJ: Taco Bells In NY Area Reopen As Pa. Probes E. coli Cases

Outbreak Bulletin 5-Dec-06 (O) Tuesday [E. Coli 0157:H7 – NY-NJ – Taco Bell Restaurants – UD#10]
Closed Taco Bells all used same food distibutor, company says
[Investigation to focus on produce, not just meat, because some victims were vegetarians]

Outbreak Bulletin 5-Dec-06 (J) Tuesday [E. Coli 0157:H7 – NY-NJ – Taco Bell Restaurants – UD#9]
Marler Clark L.L.P., P.S. Announcement: E. coli Attorney Calls on Taco Bell to Pay Victims' Medical Bills

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Outbreak Bulletin 5-Dec-06 (E) Tuesday [E. Coli 0157:H7 – NY-NJ – Taco Bell Restaurants – UD#8]
DJN: Yum: Taco Bell Stores Hit By E. Coli Outbreak Reopen Tue

Outbreak Bulletin 5-Dec-06 (B) Tuesday [E. Coli 0157:H7 – NY-NJ – Taco Bell Restaurants – UD#7]
FoodTrack Bullet Point Summary:
• 36 Confirmed Cases of E. Coli in NY (22) & NJ (14) likely linked to Taco Bell; 2 Critical with HUS.
• 22 of those infected in NJ includes two restaurant employees.
• No new cases reported since Wednesday (Nov. 29).
• NJ announcement delayed in part over concerns for possible overreaction by the public.
• David A. Papi, director of the Middlesex County Public Health Department said officials believed the infections had
stemmed from food, not workers, at Taco Bells in South Plainfield, Edison and Franklin Township, all of them owned by the
same individual, whose name was not released.
• CDC consulting with state and local public health officials in New York and New Jersey, but have not sent in scientists to
help investigate the outbreak.
• CDC sending nationwide notice about the outbreak would be issued to health care providers across the country today.
• The medical mystery began on Thursday, when a central NJ emergency room notified the state health department of a
verified case of E. coli.
• Within 48 hours, there were seven more confirmed cases, and it became clear that the common thread in the patients' stories
was Taco Bell.
E coli sickens 36 in New Jersey, Long Island; some cases linked to Taco Bell (AP Alerts 12/04 21:38:21)
NYT: E. Coli Sickens 39 in New Jersey and New York (N.Y. Times Full Text 12/05 04:36:43)
E. coli outbreak in N.J. is linked to 3 Taco Bells (AP Alerts 12/04 21:32:18)

Outbreak Bulletin 4-Dec-06 (K) Monday [E. Coli 0157:H7 – NY-NJ – Taco Bell Restaurants – UD#6]
E. coli outbreak in N.J. is linked to 3 Taco Bells

Outbreak Bulletin 4-Dec-06 (J) Monday [E. Coli 0157:H7 – NY-NJ – Taco Bell Restaurants – UD#5]
Taco Bell Responds to E.coli Incident

Outbreak Bulletin 4-Dec-06 (G) Monday [E. Coli 0157:H7 – NY-NJ – Taco Bell Restaurants – UD#4]
Long Island Taco Bell restaurants closed amid E. Coli scare

Outbreak Bulletin 4-Dec-06 (E ) Monday [E. Coli 0157:H7 – NJ – Taco Bell Restaurant Suspected – UD#3]
[Two ate at other Taco Bell Locations in in Edison and Franklin Township]
2 'life-threatening' E. coli cases arise; 19 are infected in Central Jersey

Outbreak Bulletin 4-Dec-06 ( ) Monday [E. Coli 0157:H7 – NJ – Taco Bell Restaurant Suspected – UD#2] [Confirmed
Cases Rise to 19]: Investigators probing Central Jersey E. coli outbreak

Outbreak Bulletin 3-Dec-06 (J) Sunday [E. Coli 0157:H7 – NJ – Taco Bell Restaurant Suspected – UD#1]
AP Wire w/Taco Bell Comments: Restaurant & Food Tested; Given Clean Bill of Health

Outbreak Bulletin 3-Dec-06 ( ) Sunday [E. Coli 0157:H7 – NJ – Taco Bell Restaurant Suspected]
E. coli outbreak sickens 11 in Central Jersey; 6 other cases suspected as source sought




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