McDonald's Removing Salads From 3000 Stores After Illness

Darnell Taylor
July 15, 2018

McDonald's added that they are "committed to the highest standards of food safety" and are "closely monitoring this situation".

The parasite, Cyclospora cayetanensis, infects the small intestine, typically causing watery diarrhea and frequent, sometimes explosive bowel movements. In a statement to CNN, McDonald's says it will voluntarily stop selling salads at its affected restaurants, and will resume salad sales there once they change suppliers.

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

Since May, hundreds of cases of infection have been reported in the United States.

The parasite is called cyclospora. Del Monte recalled the trays in early June, the FDA says, and the agency says the Del Monte outbreak is not related to the one involving McDonald's.

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McDonald's salads may be to blame for a parasitic illness outbreak that has sickened more than 100 people in IL and Iowa, according to public health officials.

At the same time, public health officials in IL and in have reported that a number of cases there have been linked to the salads at McDonald's.

These restaurants span Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Missouri, according to the statement.

"This summer there have been several clusters of Cyclospora illness associated with various foods that are commercially available". According to the Wall Street Journal, one-fourth of the 90 cases of cyclosporiasis reported in IL have been linked to McDonald's salads, while 15 cases have been linked to the salads in Iowa. "Vomiting, body aches, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms may be noted".

This article was originally published by The Washington Post.

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