Publicado: Lun, Agosto 06, 2018
Financiera | Por Marilu Caballero

McDonald's parasite outbreak sickens almost 400 people

McDonald's parasite outbreak sickens almost 400 people

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Last month, news broke that over 100 people in Iowa and IL had gotten sick due to a parasite found in McDonald's salads. After reports of intestinal illnesses surfaced, the fast-food chain in July halted salad sales at 3,000 franchises and switched its supplier. The outbreak started in May and so far at least 16 people have been hospitalized due to the illness, which can be treated with antibiotics. Symptoms can begin a week or more after consuming the parasite.

Fresh Express says the bad salads were only sold to McDonald's and were not shipped to grocers. Symptoms may also include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps and pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, body aches, headache and fever. Symptoms can last a few days or several months.

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"The Fresh Express food safety team, along with our outside food safety experts, have collaborated closely with the FDA, the US Centers for Disease Control [CDC] and Prevention, and public health agencies in their outbreak investigations, and we continue to do so", Fresh Express said in a statement.

On July 13, McDonald's announced it voluntarily stopped selling salads at the impacted restaurants, including Kentucky.

In the alert, the USDA said the issue was discovered when Indianapolis-based food distributor Caito Foods "received notification from their lettuce supplier, Fresh Express, that the chopped romaine that is used to manufacture some of their salads and wraps was being recalled".

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