Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

McDonald's salads sicken almost 400

McDonald's salads sicken almost 400

Almost 400 people across 15 states have become ill after eating salads from McDonald's, including 16 patients who had to be hospitalized.

As of Thursday, 395 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora were reported in people who consumed Fresh Express salad mix from McDonald's, the FDA said. So far, 16 of these cases have been severe to the point of hospitalization.

In the alert, the USDA said the issue was discovered when Indianapolis-based food distributor Caito Foods "received notification from their lettuce supplier, Fresh Express, that the chopped romaine that is used to manufacture some of their salads and wraps was being recalled".

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those who are hit by this infection can suffer from a slew of symptoms, including frequent, sometimes explosive bowel movements as well as diarrhoea.

Symptoms of cyclospora infection include diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, body aches, headache and fever. Flu-like symptoms may also be noted.

Fresh Express, which is based in Salinas, Calif., tracked the tainted lettuce from the same facility and lot number to Caito Foods, which is now involved in another recall that affected salads and wraps sold at Trader Joe's, Walgreens and Kroger, The LA Times reported.

On July 13, McDonald's announced it voluntarily stopped selling salads at the impacted restaurants, including Kentucky.

McDonald's released a statement on July 13 saying they had been in contact with public health officials notifying them about an increase in Cyclospora infections in Iowa and IL.

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