There’s no evidence Taco Bell workers put rat poison in a Colorado customer’s taco after an argument, authorities say

There’s no evidence Taco Bell workers put rat poison in a Colorado customer’s taco after an argument, authorities say

Investigators in Colorado found no evidence that Taco Bell employees handled a customer’s food after he became ill and rat poison was discovered in his taco, authorities said Friday.

The customer, who has not been publicly identified, went to the drive-thru fast food restaurant in Aurora around 1 p.m. The sheriff’s office said Friday.

Deputies responded to the disturbance and learned that the man had become angry and ordered a burrito instead of the drink, the sheriff’s office said. When told by the staff that they couldn’t make that substitution, the man continued to argue until they gave him a burrito instead of the drink.

No criminal activity occurred during the incident, according to authorities.

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A Colorado man alleges rat poison was put in his food after arguing with an employee about a broken soda machine. (iStock/iStock)

Agents later responded to an area hospital for a report that a man had eaten food containing rat poison and learned that the patient was a Taco Bell customer.

The man told deputies that after he got the food from the drive-thru, he returned home and helped a neighbor with yard work before watching television for an hour. After he finished his show, the man ate the tacos that he had ordered earlier.

However, the sheriff’s office said the man claimed he “immediately felt a burning sensation in his mouth and began to vomit.”

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Authorities said investigators found no evidence that Taco Bell employees were responsible for putting the rat poison in the customer’s food. (iStock/iStock)

Hospital investigators looked at the taco the man had bitten into and saw a “gray-green substance” inside the food,” authorities said.

Laboratory tests confirmed the substance was rat poison, according to the sheriff’s office.

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The Taco Bell restaurant was immediately closed and investigators recovered the remaining food from the man’s home with his permission while they launched an investigation. Local health authorities were also contacted.

Investigators said Taco Bell was very helpful during and they delivered all the videos from inside the building.

After days of reviewing the video footage, investigators said they found no evidence that Taco Bell workers were responsible for putting the rat poison in the customer’s food.

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“Although there is no evidence that Taco Bell employees put the rat poison in the food, investigators cannot explain how it got into the food,” the sheriff’s office said.

Investigators said they have been trying to contact the client by phone and at his home, but have received no responses. They asked the man to contact the sheriff’s office with any additional information.

The sheriff’s office said the investigation will remain open and active.

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Taco Bell issued a statement last week to FOX Business in response to the investigation.

“The safety of customers and team members is a top priority. The franchisee who owns and operates this location has informed us that they are working with local authorities on their investigation,” Taco Bell Corp said.

Pilar Arias of Fox Business contributed to this report.

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