After reports of illness, Wendy’s has decided to stop serving lettuce on sandwiches at its locations in the states of Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
According to the CDC, there was also one case of illness in Indiana. Wendy’s was contacted about the lack of lettuce on their sandwiches in California.
According to the CDC, there is no proof that romaine sold in supermarkets is associated with the E. coli outbreak in question. The government agency added that it is not recommending that people avoid eating romaine lettuce or Wendy’s food.
Wendy’s claims that the lettuce it uses in its salads is different from the lettuce it uses in its sandwiches and is not affected by the decision to remove the lettuce from its sandwiches. As far as we know, the company is helping the CDC out.
“As a company, we are dedicated to maintaining our rigorous guidelines for the quality and safety of our food.”
As of Thursday, at least 37 people had contracted the E. coli outbreak strain. The median age was 21, and their ages ranged from 6 to 91. It was reported by the CDC that 62% of the participants were male.
E coli infections can cause a wide range of symptoms, but the most common ones are abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, and nausea or vomiting.
Ten individuals required medical attention. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 3 of these 10 Michigan residents had contracted hemolytic uremic syndrome, a form of kidney failure.
CDC officials have stated that “the true number of sick people in this outbreak is likely higher than the number reported,” and that the outbreak may not be confined to the states with reported illnesses.
The agency noted, “This is because some of the recent illnesses have not yet been reported to PulseNet as it usually takes 3 to 4 weeks to determine if a sick person is part of an outbreak.” PulseNet is a national laboratory that connects cases of foodborne, waterborne, and other illness in order to detect outbreaks.
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