Taco Bell investigating shell licking employee picture
UPI News Service, 06/04/2013
Fast food chain Taco Bell, based in California, said it is investigating an online photo that appears to show an employee licking a stack of taco shells.
A spokesman for the eatery said officials believe the photo to be a prank that did not result in any customers receiving contaminated food, but an investigation is being carried out, ABC News reported Tuesday.
The photo was posted Sunday to Taco Bell's Facebook page.
"Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and team members, and we have strict food handling procedures and zero tolerance for any violations. When we learned of the situation we immediately contacted this restaurant's leadership and although we believe it is a prank and the food was not served to customers, we are conducting a full-scale investigation and will be taking swift action against those involved," the company said in a statement Monday.