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Taco Bell employee licks shells, restaurant responds

Employee caught licking Taco Bell taco shells

(WTVR) – Fast food chain Taco Bell is responding after a picture of an employee licking a stack of taco shells went viral. The picture surfaced on Facebook and has been shared hundreds of times since then.

Taco Bell spokesman Rob Poetsch told The Huffington Post that the company has, “strict food handling procedures and zero tolerance for any violations.”

“When we learned of the situation we immediately contacted this restaurant’s leadership and although we believe it is a prank and the food was not served to customers, we are conducting a full scale investigation and will be taking swift action against those involved.”

At this time it is not clear whether or not the worker in the photo has been fired.