FDA: 400 sickened by parasite in McDonald's salads

05 August, 2018, 05:05 | Author: Billie Castillo
  • McDonald's salads sicken nearly 400

Fresh Express, a California produce company owned by Chiquita Brands, is linked to an outbreak that sickened almost 400 people in 15 states who ate salads from McDonald's. The FDA reported an additional 109 cases on Thursday.

The cyclospora parasite causes intestinal illness in people who consumed contaminated food or water. Symptoms may also include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps and pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, body aches, headache and fever.

According to the FDA, an unused package of "Fresh Express" salad mix tested positive for Cyclospora. Shortly after people began getting sick last month, McDonald's voluntarily stopped selling salads at impacted restaurants and switched salad suppliers. Fresh Express said in a statement that it initiated a precautionary recall July 27.

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To date, 15 states are involved in these cases of illness: Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin. The company supplied McDonald's in the Midwest with bags of mixed lettuce that had been tainted with cyclospora. The products were sold by grocery stores including Kroger, Trader Joe's and Walgreens.

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". McDonald's is the 2nd most successful restaurant franchise in the world with 33,000 locations.

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