Parasite In McDonald's Salads Sickens 163 People In 13 States

Lloyd Doyle
July 22, 2018

McDonald's has stopped selling those salads at some 3,000 restaurants, all located in Midwest states: Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, West Virginia and Missouri.

McDonald's will no longer sell salads at restaurants in 14 states, including Minnesota, following an outbreak of intestinal illnesses linked to them.

The CDC says those who have gotten sick live in Florida; Iowa; Illinois; Kentucky; Minnesota; Missouri; Nebraska; Ohio; South Dakota; and Wisconsin.

Tainted McDonald's salads have sickened 163 people across 10 states, and three of those people have been hospitalized, according to an update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The FDA said the cyclospora infections are "likely linked" to McDonald's salads.

The illnesses began on or after May 1, 2018, and the people range in age from 16 to 87 years old, the CDC says. Initial reports claimed that almost 100 people were sick after eating salads containing cyclospora, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that more cases in new states-including Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota-has led McDonald's to pull all salads from menus in 14 different states where the lettuce supply chain is at risk.

More illnesses have been reported across the United States in two separate cyclospora outbreaks, federal health officials said Thursday.

Following initial reports of the outbreak, McDonald's said it was voluntarily removing salads from some locations and distribution centers "out of an abundance of caution", with plans to restock restaurants with salads from other suppliers.

The cyclospora cayetanesis parasite is spread by ingesting food or water contaminated with feces. Symptoms include watery diarrhea and frequent, sometimes explosive bowel movements.

"The additional states identified by the FDA and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) are among the same states where a week ago we proactively chose to remove our lettuce blend in impacted restaurants and replace it through a different supplier", McDonald's said Friday in a statement. Vomiting, headache, fever, body aches and flu-like symptoms can also occur.

"McDonald's is committed to the highest standards of food safety and quality and we continue to cooperate and support regulatory and public health officials in their investigations", the company said.

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