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Taco Bell says beef recall is complete: Meat replaced at impacted restaurants in 21 states

Taco Bell had pulled 2.3 million pounds of seasoned beef after a customer reported finding a metal shaving in their food.
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CLEVELAND — Don’t worry, Taco Bell fans.

The fast food chain says restaurants impacted by a meat recall earlier this month are in full operation with beef back on the menu.

“As of last week, all impacted product has been removed and replaced,” a Taco Bell spokesperson told 3News in an e-mail. “There are no shortages.”

The recall began Oct. 11 as Taco Bell voluntarily pulled approximately 2.3 million pounds of seasoned beef from locations in 21 states – including Ohio.

“The problem was discovered when a customer reported they found a metal shaving in their menu item,” Taco Bell officials said when announcing the beef recall. “To ensure the safety of our guests, the company immediately partnered with the supplier to shut down the supply chain, remove the product from restaurants and distribution centers and notify the USDA.”

Taco Bell said the impacted beef was produced at a single location before being sent to several distribution centers in a handful of states.

“Nothing is more important than our customers’ safety, and nothing means more to us than their trust,” said Julie Masino, President of North America, Taco Bell Corp. “As soon as we received the first consumer complaint, we immediately acted 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.” 

The missing beef also became a topic on social media.

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