How to navigate the world of food in a taco restaurant
From the taco plate, to the tacos themselves, to a menu of ingredients, the food that’s on offer at any of the hundreds of thousands of taco restaurants in the United States is always the same.
But a recent investigation by NPR’s The Salt found that many of the world’s taco restaurants are operating under a different set of rules than those that have been enacted in the rest of the country.
The NPR investigation found that nearly a dozen major taco restaurants were operating with a limited amount of food on their menus.
In many cases, the amount of items on the menu could only be accessed with a specific code, and the code could only unlock the items.
NPR’s report details the restaurants’ business practices and explains how they’re circumventing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by using code that is no longer valid.
NPR contacted a dozen taco restaurants that had recently opened in Portland, Oregon, to ask them how they were operating under new rules.
We also talked to representatives from some of the taco restaurants who had opened in the past, and they all said they’d like to open up again.
One of the companies that had opened a taco shop in Portland in 2015 told us that it has not been able to open an order since it had to shut down.
We spoke with two of the owners of taco restaurant chain Cacophony, who told NPR that they had been running out of food to serve since they shut down in 2016.
The chain has been operating with different codes since then, but it’s still not able to serve food.
The companies also told us they were in discussions with the FDA to open a new restaurant.
But the FDA did not give us any indication that it would be open for a while.
When asked how the restaurants were being allowed to operate, a representative of one of the chain’s parent companies told us, “We’re working on it.”
The Taco Joint and its parent company, Cacompany, did not respond to a request for comment.
In a letter to the FDA, the Taco Joint’s owner, John Siegel, said that they were not in a position to say how much food they would be able to bring to market.
He also said that the chain would need to take in about $40 million in order to operate a taco joint, and that they would need some kind of “counseling” from the FDA.
The Taco joint’s owner told NPR in an email that he believes the chain should not be operating with the code, saying, “The Taco Joint does not have the capacity to serve taco food and yet we have the code to do so.
The code is not valid.”
The letter went on to say that they “do not have any authority to enforce the code,” adding that “we believe that a company can only be regulated in a manner that it can comply with.”
Taco joint owner, owner of Taco joint says they have no authority to operate with the new FDA rules, saying that they’re not in the business of food service and that it’s too early to talk about anything.
The letter to FDA stated that “the Taco Joint will be subject to the requirements of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and its implementing regulations in addition to other applicable laws, including federal food safety, foodborne illness, and public health law.”
But according to the Taco joint, their code “is not valid,” and that the FDA should be more transparent with their code and their operations.
“We have been doing the right thing by our customers,” the owner of the Taco franchise told NPR.
The company did not immediately respond to NPR’s request for an interview.
We reached out to several other Taco joint owners to find out how the new regulations would affect them.
We sent a written request to a representative from the owner, but he did not return our request.
The FDA did say in a statement that the agency “is committed to ensuring the safe operation of the food services industry,” and said that it is working to “identify and address any remaining issues.”
NPR’s story about Taco joint opened up a whole new level of controversy for the Taco joints.
According to the statement from the Taco business, “Cacompania is aware of the FDA’s findings and has been working with the agency on developing and implementing a revised code that will better ensure Taco joints comply with all applicable regulations and laws.
Cacomania will continue to work closely with the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to ensure Taco Joints comply and that their operations comply with FDA standards.”
In addition, Taco joint representatives told us in a letter that they have been in discussions to open more restaurants, but that “this effort is not yet finalized.”
The owners of the other Taco joints also told NPR they were open to expanding, but said that “no decision has been made yet.”
The two owners who were in the middle of opening a new Taco joint told NPR the changes