Welcome to First Bite, a Nation’s Restaurant News podcast, your daily source of news from NRN hosted by Holly Petre.
Today, we’re talking about how Wendy's prepared for its E.coli outbreak.
An E. coli outbreak linked to The Wendy’s Co. units in six states is over, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but more than 40 of the 109 identified victims are being represented by lawyers.
The Dublin, Ohio-based burger chain immediately removed romaine lettuce from its menus when the outbreak was initially reported.
The incident began with three states and expanded eventually to six and spanned July 26 to Aug. 17. The outbreak involved 109 reported cases and 52 hospitalizations. The most cases were reported in Michigan, and the illnesses were identified in five other states: Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. The CDC declared the outbreak over on Oct. 4.
Foodborne illness investigators could not confirm romaine lettuce as the source of the six-state outbreak.
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