The worker was photographed Saturday and the picture (shown to the right) went viral earlier this week.
The Cuyahogoa County Board of Health has cleared Burger King in the matter and determined Wednesday that no other food had been contaminated in the chain’s Mayfield Heights location.
Dave Covell, the Deputy Director of Environmental Health for the county board of health, told Mayfield-Hillcrest Patch that the restaurant “threw out all of the affected food on Saturday morning.” According to Covell, none of the lettuce was served to anyone and no illnesses have been reported.
Burger King released the following statement to media outlets after the the incident went viral:
“Burger King Corp. is aware of a photo that shows a Burger King restaurant employee violating the company’s stringent food handling procedures. Food safety is a top priority at all Burger King restaurants and the company maintains a zero-tolerance policy against any violations such as the one in question.
“The restaurant where this photo was taken is independently-owned and operated by a Burger King franchisee. The franchisee has taken swift action to investigate this matter and has terminated the three employees involved in the incident.”
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