Following on the heels of a recent Clyclospora outbreak found in McDonald’s salads is yet another case of food-borne illness. Although this outbreak is smaller than those salads (which caused McDonald’s to pull salads from 3,000 locations in 15 states after over 400 cases), one McDonald’s in Jamestown, New York, has been linked to 22 cases of food poisoning. And they all point back to the breakfast sandwiches.
Since the beginning of August, 22 individuals have reported becoming ill with similar symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. These cases have been reported between August 4 and 21, and were officially announced by the New York Department of Health on Thursday, August 23.
Although this has been restricted to this specific McDonald’s location (which has closed for the time being), samples of the breakfast sandwiches were sent along with patient samples for testing at the Wadsworth Center, New York State’s Public Health Laboratory in Albany.
In order to ensure that this will be avoided in Jamestown in the future, McDonald’s is obtaining a fresh supply of ingredients prior to restarting food production. This is especially comforting to know after learning that McDonald’s actually uses real eggs in this specific breakfast sandwich.
The department stated that “McDonald’s is fully cooperating with this investigation and is readily following all recommendations of the State and County Health Departments while this investigation continues.”
Luckily enough, this food poisoning outbreak is specific to the location, and McDonald’s is working swiftly to ensure that all customers are safe moving forward.