McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) has voluntarily stopped selling salads in certain states after reports of a cyclosporiasis illness that is likely linked to salads from its restaurants. The CDC and FDA are currently working with state and local officials to perform investigations. The illnesses began last week, with 63 cases of reported illness from eating the Company’s salads. In less than a week, the count more than doubled, rising to 163 cases in 10 states, including 3 hospitalizations.
In an attempt to contain the outbreak, McDonald’s has stopped selling salads in 3,000 of its locations across 14 states. The states affected are Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, North Dakota, Kentucky, west Virginia, and Missouri. The FDA reported that it is working with McDonald’s to identify the common ingredients in the salads identified by those who became sick and to trace back those ingredients through the supply chain.
The CDC advises any person that has eaten a salad from a McDonald’s restaurant in these states on or after May 14th, 2018 and developed diarrhea to seek medical attention from a healthcare provider to be tested for Cyclospora infection and be treated.
Symptoms of Cyclospora include diarrhea, frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue.
The investigation is currently ongoing. The CDC and FDA stated that updates will be made once more information is learned about the outbreak.