Parasite found in McDonald's salads sickens almost 400 people, FDA says

Kenny Grant
August 5, 2018

A parasite infection linked to a product in McDonald's salads has led to a sickness that has impacted almost 400 people across 15 states.

As of Thursday, 395 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora were reported in people who consumed Fresh Express salad mix from McDonald's, the FDA said.

Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and body aches.

In a recall statement on the Fresh Express website, the company said it had launched a "precautionary recall" of the institutional food service product on July 27 of a "limited number of cases". Flu-like symptoms may also be noted.

According to the latest information from the CDC, romaine lettuce that tested positive was put into pre-made salad packages by Fresh Express in Streamwood, IL.

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It can last anywhere from several days to a few months, and can be treated with antibiotics.

McDonald's said in July that it had removed the mix from impacted restaurants.

McDonald's has also replaced its salad suppliers in those states.

The statement said, "Fresh Express follows rigid food safety requirements and preventive controls throughout our supply chain that are carefully created to mitigate against potential health risks". A July 13 statement had noted that the outbreak had affected approximately 3,000 McDonald's locations across the U.S. Illinois, where McDonald's is headquartered, has the most: 202.

The FDA said the investigation into the outbreak is ongoing, and that the agency "is now reviewing distribution and supplier information for romaine and carrots".

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