McDonald’s Salads Sickened 395, Traced To CA

Fresh Express claims that its bagged salad mix “helps maintain a healthy digestive tract.” 395 McDonald’s customers have been infected with a digestive parasite after eating Fresh Express products. IMAGE: theimpulsivebuy, CC BY-SA 2.0

L.A. Biz – Tainted produce used in McDonald’s Corp. salads, which has sickened nearly 400 people in the Midwest, has been traced to a California produce company.

Last month, the FDA and McDonald’s discovered the outbreak of the intestinal illness called cyclosporiasis found in customers who ate McDonald’s salads.

“The FDA completed final analysis of an unused package of Fresh Express salad mix containing romaine lettuce and carrots, which had been distributed to McDonald’s. The analysis confirmed the presence of Cyclospora,” the FDA said.

“As of now, there is no clear understanding about the contamination pathway or the definitive source of infection,” Fresh Express said. [No mention of the lengthy track record of migrant farmworkers defecating in and near farm fields and irrigation sources. – Editor]

Last month, McDonald’s stopped selling salads in 14 states.

The CDC reports 395 confirmed cases of Cyclospora infection in people who consumed salads from McDonald’s; 16 have been hospitalized.

Symptoms of cyclosporiasis include: diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, and other flu-like symptoms. Read the full story at


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