Taco Bell-Bad Experience Today

Posted on: Mon, 09/13/2004 - 11:57am
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My daughter and I were going to eat at taco bell today but as we stood there waiting to have our order taken I seen an employee grab some cheese out of the container where they make the tacos from.

She grabbed some with her fingers and apparently had gotten too much so she shook her fingers to let some fall back in, then proceeded to eat it.

She was not wearing any gloves. I didn't stick around along enough to see if she put the same fingers that she touched to her mouth back into the cheese container. Grossed me out so we left and went to burger king.

I emailed taco bell, explained to them that I felt their restaurant to be safe before this and explained that my daughter has a PA and if that woman had eaten something that had peanuts in it and then had it on her hands she could have contaminated the food with peanuts. Not to mention it was just plain gross to be eating from the container that they make tacos from.

I hope I didn't go overboard by contacting taco bell but I felt that it wasn't right for her to be doing that and they needed to know how important it is for people not to be contaminating the food with peanut allergies on the rise.

lynn

Posted on: Tue, 09/14/2004 - 1:25am
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I would contact the Board of Health for whatever state/county you live in. That is very unsanitary and if the BOH caught them doing something like that, they would probably be fined or shut down. I hope she didn't have anything contagious.

Posted on: Tue, 09/14/2004 - 2:04am
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I totally agree with Savannah'sMom. You definitely didn't go overboard contacting the management, and I agree that you should contact the BOH. This woman should have been wearing gloves and she certainly should not have been eating out of the food containers! Yuck!!!
I wonder how often this happens and we don't see it?! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] pa or no pa, this is plain disgusting!
Miriam

Posted on: Tue, 09/14/2004 - 5:29am
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Can anyone say Hepatitis!!???
The first thing that went through my mind was, "Did this employee have a cut or open wound on cuticle?"
EEEEEEWWWWWWWWW

Posted on: Tue, 09/14/2004 - 6:04am
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Quote:Originally posted by e-mom:
[b]Can anyone say Hepatitis!!???
The first thing that went through my mind was, "Did this employee have a cut or open wound on cuticle?"
EEEEEEWWWWWWWWW [/b]
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Posted on: Tue, 09/14/2004 - 6:48am
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Oh my goodness! Do you live in New Hampshire, by any chance, lynn? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Here in California it is now recommended that everyone be vaccinated for Hepatitis A. Both my kids have been, and I intend to get it for myself. Maybe this will be the "kick in the butt" that I need to get moving on it! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img]
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam

Posted on: Tue, 09/14/2004 - 7:58am
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California Mom, I live in Illinois.
EWWWWW, never thought about what if she had sores on her fingers, icckkkk.
Very interesting article, after reading this it makes me leary of going to any restaurant.
I haven't heard from them yet, when I do I will let you all know what they had to say.
Lynn

Posted on: Tue, 09/14/2004 - 9:41am
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Hey, Lynn, I'm in IL, too.
Where abouts?

Posted on: Tue, 09/14/2004 - 11:20am
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I'm close to Mattoon, Illinois.
Where in illinois are you at?
Lynn
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Posted on: Tue, 09/14/2004 - 11:58am
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I'm about 30 miles straight west of Chicago.
I know exactly where Mattoon is. I grew up about 1 1/2 hrs south of Chicago. I remember having to go to Mattoon for something back in high school. I'm wanting to say it had something to do with a Chorus Nationals -- I cannot remember. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 09/14/2004 - 3:46pm
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As somone who is highly allergic to natural rubber latex, I don't feel mandating glove use is wise (most places choose latex gloves, as they're cheaper than fitted vinyl and easier to use than unfitted plastic). I think mandatory handwashing with frequent health inspector visits is far more wise.
And yes, I've had anaphylactic reactions to food prepared by workers wearing latex gloves. I recently had a severe reaction to *boxed crackers* and later discovered the cracker factory uses latex gloves nearly exclusively. This was after any possible peanut, soy, or papaya cross-contamination was ruled out.
Some states have banned the use of natural rubber latex in food prep. Until more states use that, I find glove laws incredibly dangerous. Virginia is a state with stringent glove laws and, as a result, I can rarely eat out.
If you think peanut allergy is scary, imagine having to *enter* a hospital while having an anaphylactic reaction to natural rubber latex. Sure, they have NRL-free gloves and supplies, but it's still quite intimidating, even in this age of powder-free gloves. Once someone like me is having a reaction, just being in a room where someone is *wearing* those gloves can be even more dangerous.
ygg

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