Wendy's E. coli Outbreak Has Now Expanded to 6 States

Reported cases in two new states have expanded the outbreak beyond the Midwest.


In July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an E. coli outbreak that is believed, though is not confirmed, to have stemmed from the romaine lettuce on Wendy’s sandwiches. Later news linked 100 cases across four Midwest states to the fast food joint, but now, the outbreak is even larger than earlier expected. 

According to NPR, related cases of the food-borne illness have so far popped up in New York and Kentucky, in addition to Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, which were part of the original report. While the CDC has yet to officially announce the source of the outbreak, many of those involved reported falling ill after eating sandwiches with romaine lettuce from the chain.

The number of official illnesses has climbed to 97 with 43 hospitalizations as of an update shared by the CDC late last week. No deaths have been reported as a result of the outbreak at this time.

“While the CDC has not yet confirmed a specific food as the source of that outbreak, we have taken the precaution of removing the sandwich lettuce at some restaurants,” Wendy’s said in a statement. “The lettuce that we use in our salads is different, and is not affected by this action.”

Shortly after news broke of the outbreak, Wendy’s pulled the greens from store locations in “Midwestern states.” However, the lettuce used on salads is reportedly safe. 

According to the CDC, the number of cases stemming from the outbreak is “likely higher” and expected to rise-possibly even appearing in more states.

The CDC is saying it is OK for consumers to continue to eat at Wendy’s, as well as to consume romaine lettuce. If an individual has any E. coli symptoms they are instructed to call a healthcare provider and to report their illness to a state or local health department. 

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Megan Schaltegger is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist.


Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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