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Health departments investigating Mighty Taco locations

Posted at 11:00 AM, Oct 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-07 09:35:30-04

Both the Erie County Health Department and Niagara County Health Department say they are investigating multiple illnesses caused by eating at several Mighty Taco locations, including symptoms of gastro-intestinal distress.

"Erie County Health Department visited a couple of our sights yesterday, did inspections and have found no fault with our procedures," said Russell Jasulevich, chief operating officer for Mighty Taco. 

In a statement made on facebook Thursday afternoon, Jasulevich said the New York State Health Department is now testing an isolated batch of refried beans.  He added the beans came from a third-party supplier.

"There are no conclusive results at this time but, in an abundance of caution, Mighty Taco has voluntarily removed that sole suspect batch of refried beans from our stores and that batch is no longer available to customers," Jasulevich said.

He added they are not closing any locations as of now.

The Niagara County Health Department tells 7 Eyewitness News it is also visiting every Mighty Taco store in their county.

"We are making sight visits to all of them just to follow-up with the investigation so nothing is missed," said Elaine Roman, director division of planning and information officer for Niagara County Health Department. "Just to assist with the Erie County Health Department. It's an Erie-Niagara cooperative type of investigation. Both of us are working together just to make sure that we don't miss anything."

Roman added they do this for further prevention.

"Counties talk to each other when there's any kind of investigation and we work together because people travel across county lines," Roman said.