Back in July, McDonald’s salads were pulled from 3,000 stores in the Midwest after an outbreak of Cyclospora. The number of cases is now up past 400, spans 15 states and has sent 20 people to the hospital. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that salads containing a romaine lettuce-carrot mix purchased at McDonald’s are the likely source. Salads and wraps made using the same romaine and sold at supermarkets like Trader Joe’s may be causing Cyclospora-related illness as well. The salad mix is from Fresh Express and distributed by Caito Foods LLC in Indianapolis, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The latest on the Cyclospora outbreak
On July 13, McDonald’s pulled the salads from its restaurants in these states:
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
The chain has also replaced its salad suppliers (here’s the statement made by McDonald’s). Trader Joe’s, Walgreen’s, Kroger and other retailers also removed the affected salads and wraps from their shelves.
The US Food and Drug Administration is working to determine the source(s) of ingredients contained in McDonald’s salads that were also in the supermarket salads and wraps. But for now, please be on the lookout when shopping.
The products in question
- The pre-made salads and wraps had “Best By,” “Enjoy By,” “Best If Sold By” or “Sell By” dates ranging from July 18 through July 23, 2018. See the product labels here.
- The pre-made salads and wraps have number “EST. 39985” or “P-39985” stamped inside or next to the USDA mark of inspection. See the full list of products, product labels, UPC code numbers and other identifying details here.
The affected McDonald’s salads and pre-made salads or wraps are likely past the expiration date, but the incubation period for the illness caused by Cyclospora can be up to 14 days. In its report, the FSIS says that it can take up to six weeks for illness to be reported. If you have eaten any of the above salads or wraps, and you start to experience stomach flu-like symptoms, please contact your doctor to be tested for Cyclospora infection.
Here are the signs of food poisoning that everyone should know to look out for.