McDonald's released a statement on July 13 saying they had been in contact with public health officials notifying them about an increase in Cyclospora infections in Iowa and IL. However, the patients in Connecticut, Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia bought their salads in IL while traveling, and the Florida patient bought the salad in Kentucky.
Fresh Express, a California produce company owned by Chiquita Brands, is linked to an outbreak that sickened almost 400 people in 15 states who ate salads from McDonald's. Patients in Connecticut, Tennessee, and Virginia bought their contaminated salads in IL while traveling. Hundreds report possible illness after eating at OH restaurant; Lawsuit filedAt least 16 people have been hospitalized due to the Cyclospora parasite, which causes intestinal illness.
At least 16 people have been hospitalized. Symptoms can begin a week or more after consuming the parasite. In a statement, Fresh Express said it issued a "precautionary recall" on July 27. Symptoms can last from several days for up to a month.
Fresh Express says the bad salads were only sold to McDonald's and were not shipped to grocers.
Health officials have confirmed 395 cases of cyclospora infection from salad mixes sold at the fast-food chain, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in an update late Thursday.
The FDA said the investigation into the outbreak is ongoing, and that the agency "is now reviewing distribution and supplier information for romaine and carrots".