COLUMBUS, Ohio — Fast food chain Wendy’s says it is removing lettuce from sandwiches at its restaurants in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania after people who ate them reported falling ill.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday they are trying to determine if romaine lettuce is the source of an outbreak of E. coli that sickened at least 37 people and whether the romaine used at Wendy’s was also served or sold at other businesses.
The CDC said one person also fell ill in Indiana. A message was left at Wendy’s about lettuce on sandwiches in this condition.
The CDC said there is no evidence that romaine sold in grocery stores is linked to the E. coli. The agency also said it does not advise people to stop eating at Wendy’s or eat romaine lettuce.
Wendy’s says the lettuce used in its salads is different and is unaffected by its decision to remove lettuce from the sandwiches. The company said it is cooperating with the CDC.
“As a company, we are committed to meeting our high standards for food safety and quality,” Wendy’s said in a statement.
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