According to health officials, approximately 61 individuals across seven states have been left ill due to a cyclospora outbreak connected to McDonald’s salads. The restaurant chain is working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to figure out which ingredients within their salads are causing the sickness.
Regardless, CNN reported that McDonald’s has taken precautionary measures by pulling salads off their menus in about 3,000 of their restaurant chains across 14 states. These states include: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Kentucky, Missouri, and West Virginia.
Prior to this, health departments in Iowa and Illinois reported that they were looking into a parasite outbreak that was linked to an intestinal illness that could also be connected to salads at McDonald’s.
Iowa has reported 15 cases since June, while Illinois has had 90 cases reported since May.
The cyclospora condition is caused by a parasite that results in an intestinal illness when one consumes food or water that contaminated. The sickness can last a few days to some months, where one may feel better and then symptoms get worse. Antibiotics can help with cyclospora, and symptoms include frequent diarrhea and, at times, explosive bowel movements. Individuals suffering with cyclospora are known to lose their appetite, experience weight loss, stomach pains or cramps, fatigue, gas, and nausea. Other signs of the illness include: vomiting, fever, body aches, headache, as well as other flu-like symptoms.
McDonald’s has released a statement via email, stating that the company is working with state officials to figure out the underlying issue. As such, they have voluntarily stopped selling their salads in states affected by the issue, which includes about 3,000 of their restaurants within the U.S.
There is also a cyclospora outbreak connected to Del Monte’s Fresh Vegetable Tray product that is thought be linked to over 200 cases across four states right now.