Saturday, July 21, 2018

McDonald's Salad Poisoning recall, investigated by CDC

The outbreak has been traced back to McDonald’s salads, although the FDA has yet to figure out which ingredient in the salads is causing the outbreak. So far, 163 people in 10 states have fallen illness and three people have been hospitalized. There are currently no reported deaths.

There’s a food poisoning outbreak that started with McDonald’s salads, so for now, stay away from the green stuff. Some fast food customers in 10 states aren’t exactly “lovin’ it” as of late. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating a multistate food poisoning outbreak thought to be linked to salads sold at McDonald’s.

The Golden Arches has pinpointed its lettuce blend as the source, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is still working to identify common ingredients eaten by each customer before they became sick, and multiple components of the salads are under consideration.

According to the FDA, the CDC is investigating a multi-state outbreak of cyclosporiasis, which is an illness you can get when you consume fruits or vegetables that have been contaminated with feces. Cyclosporiasis can cause all kinds of nasty stomach symptoms, like diarrhea, nausea, and cramping, and if untreated, it could last as long as a month or come back after it’s gone away — so definitely not something you want to mess with.

The illness in question is called cyclosporiasis. It is an intestinal sickness caused by a microscopic parasite called Cyclospora cayetanensis. People become infected about one week after consuming contaminated food or drink — typically imported fruits and vegetables.

Symptoms can last from one day to a month or longer, and include watery diarrhea, frequent and “sometimes explosive,” bowel movements, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach pain, bloating, gas, nausea, and fatigue. Some may also experience vomiting and other flu-like symptoms.

So how can you avoid getting sick? The best way is obviously to stay away from McDonald’s salads for now, but the CDC says that if you’ve eaten a salad from McDonalds since mid-May in the states that have been affected, you should see a doctor and get tested for the illness, especially if you’ve experienced diarrhea. So far, those states include Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. And if you have a salad that was purchased in those states still hanging out in your fridge, throw it away.

Hopefully the investigation will reveal the exact cause of the outbreak soon, and McDonald’s salads will be safe to eat once again. For now? Maybe just stick to McDonald’s fries. You have to admit that McDonald’s makes some of the best in the world, especially when they’re hot out of the fryer.

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