395 people in 15 states, including Ohio, sickened in McDonald’s salad outbreak


A parasite infection linked to a product in McDonald's salads has led to a sickness that has impacted almost 400 people across 15 states.

According to that report, there have been 395 lab-confirmed illnesses from an outbreak of the cyclospora parasite, which causes intestinal illness.

While the FDA linked the illnesses to the Cyclospora parasite - a foodborne contamination associated with fecal matter - Fresh Express, based in Salinas, California, is now also on the hook. Sick individuals can also suffer from vomiting, nausea, gas and fatigue. An unused package of Fresh Express salad mix, which is used to make McDonald's salads, tested positive for cyclospora, according to the FDA. Shortly after people began getting sick last month, McDonald's voluntarily stopped selling salads at impacted restaurants and switched salad suppliers.

The outbreak has affected customers in 15 states: Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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The statement said, "Fresh Express follows rigid food safety requirements and preventive controls throughout our supply chain that are carefully created to mitigate against potential health risks".

The FDA is reviewing supplier information for romaine lettuce and carrots.

"We have removed lettuce blend provided by Fresh Express' Streamwood, Illinois facility", a McDonald's spokesperson said in a statement.

Pre-made salads and wraps sold at McDonald's locations were affected with Cyclospora.