Consumer Reports: Don’t eat Wendy’s sandwiches or salad with romaine lettuce

Consumer Reports is advising folks in opposition to consuming any Wendy’s sandwich or salad with romaine lettuce till extra is thought a couple of pressure of E. coli that has sickened 37 folks, hospitalizing 10.

The non-profit advocacy group cited its meals security specialists in urging a cautious method till the fast-food chain can verify the supply of the pathogen and particulars the way it plans to deal with the issue. 

“E. coli can be especially harmful to young children, infants, older persons and those with a compromised immune system,” James Rogers, CR’s director of meals security and testing, stated Monday in a statement. “The goal is to minimize your risk of getting it, and until we know more about its source, it’s safest to avoid consuming Wendy’s sandwiches served with lettuce and any Wendy’s salad containing romaine lettuce.”

While the supply of the outbreak is unclear, most of the 37 individuals who just lately contracted E. coli reported consuming lettuce at a Wendy’s location in Michigan, Ohio or Pennsylvania earlier than getting sick, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday. 

“Romaine lettuce served on burgers and sandwiches at Wendy’s was one of the most common ingredients eaten among the menu items, but investigators continue to analyze data at the ingredient level to determine if there are any other possible foods that could be the source of the outbreak,” the company stated.

Still, there is no such thing as a cause for folks to cease consuming at Wendy’s or buying romaine lettuce, in accordance with the CDC. “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,” it stated.

Larger outbreak?

Fifteen of those that fell ailing dwell in Michigan, 19 are from Ohio, two are from Pennsylvania and one is from Indiana, in accordance with the CDC. Of the 26 of those that had been interviewed as a part of an company probe, 22 stated they ate at a Wendy’s within the week earlier than they obtained sick. 

But the precise variety of these sickened within the outbreak is probably going greater than reported and will embrace greater than 4 states, the CDC famous. 

Reached for remark, a Wendy’s consultant stated the company is cooperating with public well being officers investigating the outbreak. The company additionally has discarded and changed the sandwich lettuce at some eateries within the area the place folks had been stricken. 

“The lettuce that we use in our salads is different, and is not affected by this action,” Wendy’s stated.

Dublin, Ohio-based Wendy’s and its franchisees function about 7,000 eating places worldwide. 

Romaine lettuce and different greens like spinach and clover sprouts have been concerned in a minimum of 17 E. coli outbreaks across the U.S. between 2006 and 2019, according to the CDC.

E. coli outbreaks involving romaine lettuce sickened almost 200 folks throughout the nation in late 2019, with regulators finally pointing to cow feces because the doubtless wrongdoer. The contaminated lettuce was grown downslope from from public land the place cattle grazed within the Salinas Valley in California.

Four years in the past, McDonald’s switched its lettuce provider after its salads sickened greater than 500 folks in 15 states, with the cyclospora parasite found to be behind the infections. 

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