Bacteria named in Mighty Taco outbreak; chain denies fault

October 18, 2016

Bacteria sometimes associated with Chinese restaurants is the culprit behind an outbreak among more than 150 patrons of Mighty Taco restaurants in New York.

State health officials said Monday evening they had isolated Bacillus cereus in samples of refried beans collected from Mighty Taco locations as well as in lab samples submitted by sick people. Owners of the 43-year-old regional fast food chain took to Facebook to explain the situation, stating they did not want to be misquoted.

“The Wadsworth Center, the public health laboratory of the New York State Department of Health, has identified Bacillus cereus in patient clinical