McDonald’s has pulled salads from 3,000 stores across 14 states in the most recent cyclospora and cyclosporiasis outbreak.
Primarily originating in Midwestern states, the outbreak initially sparked concern when Illinois and Iowa Health Departments issued a warning last week.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received 161 reports of cyclosporiasis illness in ten states. The states impacted are IL, IA, IN, WI, MI, OH, MN, NE, SD, MT, ND, KY, WV, and MO. There have been three hospitalizations and no deaths.
McDonald’s acted quickly, indicating a switch to a new lettuce blend supplier. The company issued a statement and said, “We are in the process of removing existing lettuce blend from identified restaurants and distribution centers — which includes approximately 3,000 of our U.S. restaurants primarily located in the Midwest.”
This was a precautionary measure to help stabilize the possibility of others being infected. This summer has seen a major spike in cyclospora outbreaks. Del Monte Fresh Vegetable Trays were recalled after over 200 people got sick from contaminated vegetables.
Cyclospora Food Poisoning – Cyclosporiasis
Cyclospora is an intestinal parasite commonly found in contaminated food and water. Those infected may experience a range of symptoms. It can last from days to months, even coming back after symptoms disappear.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, symptoms include:
- Watery diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Stomach cramps/pain
- Increased gas
Vomiting, body aches, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms may be noted. There are some people who are infected but do not show any symptoms.
If you feel you may have become sick from eating a McDonald’s salad, you are encouraged to see your healthcare provider.
Filing a McDonald’s Salad Food Poisoning Lawsuit
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