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Taco Bell employee licks shells [Photo]

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RIDGECREST, Calif. -- A photo posted on Taco Bell’s Facebook page that shows a restaurant employee licking a stack of taco shells has gone viral.

Taco Bell has released a statement since the photo was posted, saying:

“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.  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.” 

The restaurant in question is believed to be in California.

In the video above, Steve Kuzj reports with more from workers and customers.