Taco Bell Employee Licks Taco Shells in Facebook Photo

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taco-bell-lickingRIDGECREST, Calif. (KTLA) — Taco Bell was investigating a photo Monday posted to its Facebook page of what appears to be an employee licking a stack of taco shells.

The company said they were certain the photo was a prank and that the taco shells were never served to customers.

“We’re currently dealing with it,” Cathy Marx, the manager of the Taco Bell in Ridgecrest., Calif. told CNBC in a brief interview.

Taco Bell declined to specify whether the employees behind the photo were fired, but did issue a statement to CNBC.

“Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and team members, and we have strict food handling procedures and zero tolerance for any violations,” a company spokesman said.

“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.”

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