Wendy’s is removing romaine lettuce from sandwiches amid E. coli outbreak

(WJW) – Wendy’s is taking some precautions amid a multi-state E. coli outbreak.

Although no specific food has been confirmed as the source of the outbreak, the CDC said many people reported eating romaine lettuce sandwiches at Wendy’s locations in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania before becoming ill.

As a precaution, Wendy’s is removing romaine lettuce from its sandwiches in this region for now. The fast-food chain uses a different type of romaine lettuce in its salads.

Health officials are working to determine whether romaine lettuce is the source of the outbreak and whether or not it has been served or sold at other establishments.

Wendy’s released the following statement:

We are fully cooperating with the health authorities in their ongoing investigation into the regional E. coli outbreak that has been reported in certain Midwestern states. Although the CDC has not yet confirmed a specific food as the source of this outbreak, we are taking precautionary measures to remove sandwich salad from restaurants in this region. The lettuce we use in our salads is different and will not be affected by this promotion. As a company, we are committed to maintaining our high standards of food safety and quality.

As of Friday, the CDC is reporting 37 illnesses from the outbreak.

The Ohio Department of Health is also investigating the outbreak in the state, which has reported 19 diseases. The CDC says the total number of sick people in this outbreak is likely higher than the reported number.

Symptoms of E. coli infections include diarrhea, fever over 102 degrees Fahrenheit, vomiting to the point where fluids can no longer be held back, and signs of dehydration.

If you develop symptoms, the CDC asks you to record what you ate in the week before you became ill to identify the possible source of the infection. Wendy’s is removing romaine lettuce from sandwiches amid E. coli outbreak

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