The Parasitic Outbreak at McDonald’s is Over but Here’s What You Should Know

The Parasitic Outbreak at McDonald’s is Over but Here’s What You Should Know

It was all about infected lettuce and carrots, in the end.

Earlier this July, McDonald’s restaurants experienced an outbreak of Cyclospora. If you consume it, this nasty parasite causes uncomfortable intestinal problems in the hosts it infests.

According to reports, it seemed to be emanating from the romaine lettuce and carrots at many locations of the famous fast food joint. Here’s what else you should know about the multi-state outbreak:

1) Hundreds of Cases Were Confirmed

The FDA states that a total of 511 cases of laboratory-confirmed Cyclospora infection were reported in people who consumed salads from McDonald’s restaurants, in various states.

2) It’s Now Over

As of September 11th, 2018, the outbreak “appears to be over”. This is how the FDA is wording it. So, it seems as if whoever is writing this stuff isn’t 100% certain that the coast is clear, but it looks like the problem has been solved, at least for the moment.

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3) They Couldn’t Identify a Single Source

While an investigation was done with regards to distribution and supplier information, authorities say they couldn’t actually identify a single source or potential point of contamination for the outbreak.

4) McDonald’s Voluntarily Stopped Selling Salads

As of July 13, 2018, McDonald’s decided to voluntarily stop selling salads at their restaurants in IL, IA, IN, WI, MI, OH, MN, NE, SD, MT, ND, KY, WV, and MO.

5) There is Now a New Salad Supplier

McDonald’s says it has replaced their salad supplier for good. Phew.

For more information, check out the restaurant’s statement.

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