Foodborne illness affecting IL may be linked to McDonald's salads

McDonald's salads linked to intestinal illness in two states

McDonald's salads linked to intestinal illness in two states

It said that it had voluntarily stopped selling salads at the approximately 3,000 affected USA restaurants until it could switch to another lettuce blend supplier.

McDonald's said it is in the process of removing the salads from approximately 3,000 locations in the Midwest and re-supplying with different distributors.

Two state departments of public health are investigating McDonald's after people reported feeling sick after eating salads from the fast-food chain.

Iowa health officials are asking the same of anyone who has developed symptoms after consuming one of these salads since the middle of June.

IDPH says the Iowa Department of Health has also seen a rise in cyclosporiasis cases.

IL health officials said McDonald's, which has 14,000 restaurants in the USA, is cooperating with the joint investigation conducted by the two state health agencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration. 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.

"Cyclospora has been a growing risk in imported fresh fruits and vegetables in the USA", food safety attorney Bill Marler said in a Friday email to the Miami Herald.

-If not treated, the illness may last from a few days to a month or longer.

"We understand how important it is to quickly identify the cause of this foodborne outbreak to help reduce additional illness and we're working closely with our colleagues at CDC and state partners to get more answers".

The Iowa and IL health departments said on Thursday that they were investigating cyclospora infections linked to salads at McDonald's restaurants.

"Frequent bouts of watery diarrhea, fatigue and, to a lesser extent, nausea and vomiting are the classic symptoms", Shah said. The Iowa Department of Health has noted a similar increase in cases.

Cyclosporiasis is caused by the Cyclospora parasite, which health leaders say can infect people after they consume food that has contamination from feces.