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

Consumer Reports is advising individuals 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 individuals, hospitalizing 10.

The non-profit advocacy group cited its meals security consultants in urging a cautious strategy till the fast-food chain can verify the supply of the pathogen and particulars the way it plans to handle 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, lots of the 37 individuals who 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.

Larger outbreak?

Fifteen of those that fell in poor health reside in Michigan, 19 are from Ohio, two are from Pennsylvania and one is from Indiana, in response to the CDC. Of the 26 of those that have been interviewed as a part of an company probe, 22 stated they ate at a Wendy’s within the week earlier than they received sick. 

But the precise variety of these sickened within the outbreak is probably going larger than reported and will embody 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 individuals have been stricken. 

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

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

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

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