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

Marco Green
July 15, 2018

(Undated) - Health officials across the Midwest are investigating a Cyclospora outbreak that appears to be connected to McDonald's. Since mid-May, it has sickened 15 people in Iowa, 29 in IL, and 10 others in Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska. The fast food chain has stopped selling salads at its 3,000 restaurants.

The numbers are limited so far, according to health officials, who say each state has two cases, with the exception of Minnesota, which has three, reported USA Today.

McDonald's is stopping the sale of salads at 3,000 restaurants after people became sick from a parasite causing intestinal illness.

McDonald's said that it has removed salad options from locations that reported illnesses as well as restaurants that hadn't experienced problems but that had been receiving shipments from the same produce supplier.

"Anyone who ate these salads since the middle of June and who developed diarrhea, especially watery diarrhea and fatigue, should see their health care provider and get tested for Cyclospora to ensure an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment".

Illinois' health department said Thursday that it confirmed about 90 cases of cyclosporiasis since mid-May. Common symptoms include loss of appetite, diarrhea, cramping and bloating.

The illness is caused by the Cyclospora parasite. "Vomiting, body aches, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms may be noted". "We are in the process of removing existing lettuce blend from identified restaurants and distribution centers - which includes approximately 3,000 of our USA restaurants primarily located in the Midwest".

People often recover without medical intervention, according to the CDC, but antibiotics are also used to treat the condition.

The parasite is also to blame for an outbreak in Texas, although officials have not yet identified what's making people sick there.

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