Okla. Suit Blames Taco Bell For Salmonella Illness

Published February 21, 2012 10:00PM (EST)

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A 22-year-old Oklahoma woman who says she contracted salmonella after eating at Taco Bell has sued the fast-food company, seeking more than $75,000 in damages.

Leah Smith claims she became sick while attending a University of Oklahoma football game last fall, two days after eating at a Taco Bell in Norman. She says she was sick for two weeks.

The Centers for Disease Control said last month that 16 people in Oklahoma are among 68 people who were infected with salmonella after eating at a "Mexican-style fast-food restaurant chain."

Taco Bell didn't immediately return a phone call or email seeking comment Tuesday. In a statement issued after the CDC report, Taco Bell said it was reviewing procedures with its suppliers and that it takes food quality and safety very seriously.

By Salon Staff

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