Last month, news broke that over 100 people in Iowa and IL had gotten sick due to a parasite found in McDonald's salads. 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. They have "Best by", "Enjoy by", "Best if sold by", or "Sell by" dates ranging from July 18 through July 23, according to the CDC.
Almost 400 people across 15 states have become ill after eating salads from McDonald's, including 16 patients who had to be hospitalized.
Patients from Connecticut, Tennessee and Virginia bought their contaminated salads while traveling in IL. USDA issues health alert about salads, wraps sold at Trader Joe's, Walgreen's, KrogerAt least 16 people have been hospitalized due to the cyclospora parasite, which causes intestinal illness. The most common symptom is watery diarrhea, although patients might also experience a loss of appetite, weight loss, cramping, nausea, and fatigue. The illness can last anywhere from several days to a few months and can be treated with antibiotics.
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On July 26, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration analysis confirmed that McDonald's supplier Fresh Express was the source of the problem.
The Salinas-based produce company supplied the contaminated bagged salad mixes to McDonald's franchises in the Midwest, the Los Angeles Times reported.
"We have removed lettuce blend provided by Fresh Express' Streamwood, Illinois facility", a McDonald's spokesperson said in a statement.