Taco Bell employee licks tacos in photo gone viral on Facebook

A disturbing photo is making the rounds on social media.

It appears to show a Taco Bell employee licking a stack of taco shells while at work. Someone posted the photo to the fast food chain's official Facebook page. 

The picture on the  Taco Bell Facebook page  had this caption along with it, "This sure says a lot about your employees, food treatment, and what they post on the internet."

As some people on social media have pointed out , these taco shells could have been headed for the trash can.

 A Taco Bell spokesperson responded to the photo:

"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," said a Taco Bell spokesperson.

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