McDonald's Faecal Matter Issue: Salad Outbreak Causes 395 Cases Of Illness

The FDA says the number of people infected has now reached 395

Last month, news broke that over 100 people in Iowa and IL had gotten sick due to a parasite found in McDonald's salads.

The illnesses have been reported in 15 states, including IL.

The number of people affected by an outbreak of disease caused by tainted McDonald's salad has now grown to 395, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. At least 16 of the sick individuals have been hospitalized.

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". The illnesses have been linked to salad mix contaminated with the Cyclospora parasite, which is spread through fecal matter. The most common symptom is watery diarrhea, although patients might also experience a loss of appetite, weight loss, cramping, nausea, and fatigue.

McDonald's has voluntarily stopped selling salads at impacted restaurants in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, North Dakota, Kentucky, West Virginia and Missouri, according to the FDA.

The Salinas-based produce company supplied the contaminated bagged salad mixes to McDonald's franchises in the Midwest, the Los Angeles Times reported. The expiration date on the salad, July 19, had already passed.

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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