McDonald's locations across the country have fallen under scrutiny for infecting nearly 500 customers with cyclospora, which is the cause of intestinal infections. The FDA, they, along with state and local officials, are heavily investigating the nationwide outbreak of a severe parasitic illness.
According to the official FDA website: “As of August 16, 2018, a total of 476 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infection were reported in people who consumed salads from McDonald’s restaurants; the cases were reported by 15 states. The investigation is ongoing and the FDA is currently reviewing distribution and supplier information for romaine and carrots.”
Customers are fed up with the chain, taking to social media accounts to publicize their complaints. One user stated: “People are going to Dominos and McDonald's to order salads, wondering why the very next day they wake up with ecoli and having green and brown doo-doo streaks on their underwear. What did you expect to happen to you, beloved? Use your brain.”
Another chimed in: “Who goes to @McDonalds and is like, ‘Yea, can I get a salad for $10, oh $1 for dressing and tax, yes please.’ Unfortunate people became sick, but that’s a lesson well learned - don’t buy ‘healthy’ food from a fast food chain. #mcdonalds #cdc”
Cyclospora has been found namely in their salad options. The illness total has reached 476, while the total number of individuals hospitalized from the illness is 21.
The states affected thus far are Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Tenessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
McDonald’s issued an official statement on their website: “The health and safety of our customers and the people who work in McDonald’s restaurants is always our top priority.”
They continued: “McDonald’s is committed to the highest standards of food safety and quality and we continue to cooperate and support regulatory and public health official in their investigations.”
If you have any of the following symptoms, the FDA urges you to contact your local healthcare provider as soon as possible. Symptoms include diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, vomiting, headache, body aches, flu-like symptoms, and stomach pains.