With clearance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Applebee’s has voluntarily changed suppliers in order to reintroduce the Oriental Chicken Salad to the menu at restaurants throughout Minnesota on Friday.
According to Kansas City-based Applebee’s corporate spokesperson Dan Smith, Applebee’s restaurants in Minnesota will reintroduce green cabbage, shredded carrots, almonds and rice noodles to all items across the menu,
Applebee’s restaurants outside of Minnesota continue to operate with an unmodified menu.
A Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) spokesman confirmed Monday afternoon that a patron who recently ate at the Monticello Applebee’s restaurant was included on a list of people affected by a recent statewide E. coli outbreak.
Thirteen cases of the foodborne illness were reported, the health department stated in a news release issued Monday afternoon.
MDH Communications Director Michael Schommer said via phone Monday while seven of the people with E. coli infections reported eating at Applebee’s restaurants in Minnesota between June 24 and 27, there are multiple cases with no apparent connection to the restaurant chain.
All of the illnesses were caused by the same genetic strain of E. col, and the ill people do not all share any obvious commonalities, Schommer confirmed, adding it’s likely the illnesses resulted from a widely distributed food item.
Schommer confirmed Applebee’s restaurants in Woodbury, Roseville, Blaine, Monticello and Duluth were involved with the outbreak that made the seven people ill. The Monticello Applebee’s is located at 9386 Deegan Ave.