Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

McDonald’s pulls salads from 3,000 restaurants after parasite sickens dozens

McDonald’s pulls salads from 3,000 restaurants after parasite sickens dozens

McDonald's salads may be the culprit in both states, according to the announcements.

Two people have been hospitalized and no deaths are linked to the outbreak.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says seven cyclospora infections have been reported that appear to be connected to McDonald's salads. Since mid-May, it has sickened 15 people in Iowa, 29 in IL, and 10 others in Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska.

When ingested, it can cause a non-life-threatening intestinal illness called cyclosporiasis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Food and Drug Administration is working with McDonald's to identify the salad ingredients making people sick and trace them through the supply chain.

The most common symptom is watery diarrhea. Iowa is experiencing a similar outbreak, according to a statement from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

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Illinois' health department said Thursday that it confirmed about 90 cases of cyclosporiasis since mid-May.

McDonald's said Friday it's voluntarily pulling salads from about 3,000 locations in 14 states, primarily in the Midwest, until it can switch to a different lettuce supplier. Other symptoms could include appetite loss, intestinal pain, nausea and fatigue.

Cyclosporiasis is caused by the microscopic Cyclospora cayetanensis parasite that can contaminate food or water, according to the FDA. Vomiting, headache, fever, body aches and flu-like symptoms can also occur.

McDonald's added that they are "committed to the highest standards of food safety" and are "closely monitoring this situation".

In June, Del Monte, which distributes fruits and vegetables, recalled prepackaged Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays, which contained broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery sticks and dill dip, from certain retailers, including Kwik Trip and Peapod, according to the CDC.

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