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Taco Bell employee posts pic of him licking taco shells

Taco Bell is trying to clean up a public relations mess today after a photo of an employee licking taco shells went viral.

The employee originally posted this image on his Facebook page.

Taco Bell headquarters responded to the photo saying "We have strict food and handling procedures and zero tolerance for any violations."

The restaurant chain hasn`t named the store location in the picture but it did insist these shells weren`t sold to customers.