BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Erie & Niagara County Health Departments are addressing the investigation involving Mighty Taco.
Erie County Heath Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein says 104 individuals have reported symptoms consisting primarily of nausea and vomiting after consuming refried beans from one of 11 Mighty Taco locations in Erie County between the dates of September 27th and noon on October 6th, 2016. Those numbers may change as additional reports are received.
Mighty Taco management refused on camera interview requests Thursday and Friday. In statements, they've said they've removed that batch of refried beans from their restaurants.
Burstein would not disclose the locations involved, but says all restaurants could be at risk. She adds most people fell ill within a few hours after eating and symptoms included nausea and vomiting. Dr. Burstein says Mighty Taco has been very cooperative during this investigation.
Food samples are en route to the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center in Albany for testing. The exact time when results will be available is unknown, but are not expected before the end of next week at the earliest.
Erie County residents who wish to report an illness that may be associated with this investigation may do so by calling the ECDOH Office of Epidemiology and Disease Control at (716) 858-7697.
In Niagara County, health department workers are continuing to interview people reporting illness. As of Friday afternoon, the County has identified 18 cases of illness associated with dining at Mighty Taco locations there. Additional investigations are underway at food manufacturing, supplier and distribution sites by state and federal officials.
Individuals and medical providers who need to report illness related to this investigation may contact the Niagara County Division of Environmental Health at (716) 439-7444.