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Wendy's pulls sandwich lettuce as CDC seeks source of E. coli outbreak

By
Ryan G. Beckman, senior editor

An E. coli outbreak has sickened at least 37 people across four states. While the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention said a specific food has yet to be confirmed as the source of this outbreak, many sick people reported eating sandwiches with Romaine lettuce at Wendy’s restaurants in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania before getting sick.

In addition to the aforementioned states, one person in Indiana reported the illness. Based on this information, Wendy’s said it is pulling lettuce from its sandwiches.

"We are fully cooperating with public health authorities on their ongoing investigation of the regional E. coli outbreak reported in certain Midwestern states," Wendy's said in a statement. "While the CDC has not yet confirmed a specific food as the source of that outbreak, we are taking the precaution of discarding and replacing the sandwich lettuce at some restaurants in that region."

The lettuce the company uses in salads is different and is not affected by this action. Investigators are working to confirm whether Romaine lettuce is the source of this outbreak and whether Romaine lettuce used in Wendy’s sandwiches was served or sold at other businesses.

"As a company, we are committed to upholding our high standards of food safety and quality," Wendy's said in the statement.

At this time, there is no evidence to indicate that Romaine lettuce sold in grocery stores, served in other restaurants or in people’s homes is linked to this outbreak. The CDC is not advising that people avoid eating at Wendy’s restaurants or that people stop eating Romaine lettuce.

Ryan Beckman

Ryan Beckman

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Ryan Beckman was born and raised in New Jersey. After studying creative writing at Rutgers University, he attended SUNY Binghamton and earned his master’s degree in English. The following year he and his wife, Amanda, journeyed to the province of Ontario to spend some time living in Toronto and cheering for the Maple Leafs. Ryan and Amanda now live in New York and spend their evenings staring at their ever-smiling son, Oscar.

Ryan is always looking for a good book to read, is sure to be a few hours behind on sleep and will never stop loving 8-bit games.

 

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