FREDERICTON, NB, Canada — After six confirmed cases of Escherichia coli
) were reported by patrons who ate salads at a Wendy''s
restaurant, the establishment voluntarily closed down for deep cleaning, according to the Daily Gleaner
The restaurant was disinfected from the top-down and even the sidewalks leading to the building were disinfected, the story stated.
Quality assurance representatives visited the location to assist franchisee Dan Moore in ascertaining that all processes and procedures employed at the restaurant meet the highest quality control standards, the story noted.
According to the article, although the restaurant had to turn numerous customers away Monday, the loss of revenue is irrelevant when compared to ensuring the public''s safety.
Moore said: "We voluntarily closed our store today to undertake a thorough and complete cleaning of our restaurant. We want to be 100 percent certain that we are able to provide a safe product. We are not taking this lightly. Our reputation and the quality of our food is of vital importance to us, and we will take all the steps necessary to let our customers know that their health is our primary concern."
The New Brunswick Health Department
said the restaurant is cooperating and health officials saw no reason to order the establishment closed, the story added.