Up to 37 persons have now developed illnesses as a result of a new E. coli outbreak in the Midwest. One thing they all had in common? They'd just finished eating at Wendy's.
The business is being looked into by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the probable cause of recent food poisoning incidents recorded in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana, according to Food Safety News.
Between July 26 and August 8, cases started to appear, with the bulk of patients claiming to have consumed Wendy's sandwiches with Romaine lettuce on top the week before their symptoms appeared.
As well as determining whether romaine lettuce used in Wendy's sandwiches was sold or served at other establishments, investigators are trying to determine whether romaine lettuce is the cause of this outbreak.
The restaurant is removing the lettuce used in sandwiches from the menus in the four states where the illness is active, despite the fact that it has not been conclusively shown that it is to blame for the E. coli outbreak.
We are taking precautions by removing the sandwich lettuce from restaurants in that location even though the CDC has not yet established a specific meal as the cause of that epidemic, according to the chain's statement.
Since the lettuce we use in our salads is different, this action has no impact on it. We are dedicated to preserving our firm's strict standards for food quality and safety.
The CDC said on Friday that there is no reason to avoid Wendy's or eating Romaine lettuce, and there doesn't appear to be any proof that lettuce from other restaurants or grocery shops is connected to this incident.
Ten patients have been admitted to the hospital thus far, ranging in age from 6 to 91. In Michigan, three of those individuals experienced renal failure. No fatalities have been noted.