Health department investigating Mighty Taco locations after reported illnesses

Oct 6, 2016

A possible foodborne illness is under investigation at Mighty Taco fast food restaurant locations in Western New York.

Credit Mighty Taco, Inc.

The Erie County Department of Health and Niagara County Department of Health are investigating reports of illness that may be associated with Mighty Taco restaurants in their respective counties. Both agencies are working jointly with the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein declined interviews until more information is available. As of Thursday afternoon, a department spokesperson confirmed that an evaluation of the nature of the reported illnesses was underway, and that a "handful" of Mighty Taco locations were being inspected by sanitarians. The exact number of restaurants and locations are not yet being identified to the public.

Inspectors are collecting food samples, both at the restaurant level and within the ingredient supply chain, to be sent to a state lab for testing. The ECDOH spokesperson could not say when conclusive results would be available.

As of Thursday afternoon, no specific information on the matter was being shared with the public, and health officials wants to avoid worrying people over what could be coincidental and unrelated illnesses.

Residents who want to report illness related to eating food from Mighty Taco restaurants in Erie County can call the county's epidemiology department at (716) 858-7697.

More information is expected to be released by the Health Department as it becomes available. WBFO is seeking comment from the company.

Mighty Taco has 24 locations across Western and Central New York. 18 are located in Erie County.