Despite Taco Bell's assertion that green onions were the most likely source of a recent E. coli outbreak in the Northeast tied to the restaurant chain, federal follow-up tests failed to confirm scallions as the source of the bacteria.
However, federal and state health officials have cautioned that those results were not official and had not been confirmed. Now, federal follow-up testing of the same scallion samples came up negative for E. coli.
The FDA has said it has no plans to issue a warning on green onions, and all food items on the Taco Bell menu are still being considered possible culprits.
Taco Bell President Greg Creed, meanwhile, suggests that his company may not even be the common link in the E. coli cases.
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