Illness linked to McDonald’s salads reported in Missouri

Daniel Fowler
July 15, 2018

Two people have been hospitalized and no deaths are linked to the outbreak.

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 least one of the affected restaurants is in each of the following states: Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Missouri. Health officials are warning anyone who ate a McDonald's salad recently and has symptoms to get tested for the illness.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 61 people across seven states have become ill. The fast food chain has stopped selling salads at its 3,000 restaurants.

Illinois' health department said Thursday that it confirmed about 90 cases of cyclosporiasis since mid-May.

Earlier this week, the IL and Iowa health departments said they were investigating outbreaks of a parasite that causes intestinal illness and might be linked to McDonald's salads.

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McDonald's said it had voluntarily stopped selling salads at 3,000 of its US restaurants, most of which are in the Midwest, until it could switch to another lettuce blend supplier. Those infected can experience loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps or pain, nausea, gas and fatigue.

In June, Del Monte, which distributes fruits and vegetables, recalled prepackaged Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays, which contained broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery sticks and dill dip, from certain retailers, including Kwik Trip and Peapod, according to the CDC.

McDonald's is cooperating with the health officials during the investigation.

Since mid-May, Illinois alone has seen more than 100 cases of cyclosporiasis, an intestinal illness caused by the parasite cyclospora, according to an announcement from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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