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

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

"McDonald's is committed to the highest standards of food safety and quality control", McDonald's said in the statement, adding that it is cooperating with public health officials investigating the outbreak.

Iowa and Illinois' departments of Public Health are warning of Cyclospora infections that appear to be connected to consumption of McDonald's salads.

About a quarter of those who have fell ill say they had consumed McDonald's salads within days of suffering symptoms.

Both the IL and Iowa departments of health said they are looking into outbreaks of an intestinal illness. The agency is asking that anyone who has eaten a McDonald's salad since mid-May and experienced diarrhea and fatigue to contact a health care provider to be tested and receive treatment.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and state health departments are involved in the investigation.

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McDonald's has said it's chose to stop selling salads at impacted restaurants until it switches to another lettuce blend supplier.

"Although a link has been made to salads sold in McDonald " s restaurants in some IL cases, public health officials continue to investigate other sources", said IL public health director Nirav Shah.

Several outbreaks have occurred in the United States in the past several years, especially during the summer months, that have been linked to imported fresh produce including raspberries, basil, snow peas, and lettuce. Symptoms of cyclospora infection include diarrhea, loss of appetite and weight, cramping, bloating or increased gas, nausea, fatigue, and low-grade fever.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, the illnesses have been reported across multiple counties in the state, although no counties were named.

McDonald's is in the process of removing potentially contaminated salads from its restaurants, and re-supplying them. Healthcare providers usually treat cyclosporiasis using antibiotics.

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