FDA Releases Update On Multistate Outbreak of Cyclospora Illnesses Likely Linked to Salads from Fast Food Chain
July 14, 2018
(NATIONAL) – The
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) along with the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local officials
have been investigating a cluster of cyclosporiasis illnesses likely
linked with salads from McDonald’s restaurants
in a handful of states.
Friday evening the FDA released this brief update on the
The FDA, CDC, along with state and local officials
are investigating a multi-state outbreak of cyclosporiasis illnesses
likely linked to salads from McDonald’s restaurants.
The CDC report that 61 people in 7 states have
become ill. There have been 2 hospitalizations and no deaths.
As this is an ongoing investigation, the FDA will
update this page as more information becomes available, such as product
information, epidemiological results, and recalls.
The FDA is working with McDonald’s to identify the
common ingredients in the salads identified by those who became sick
and to trace back those ingredients through the supply chain.
As of July 13, 2018, McDonald’s
has decided to voluntarily stop selling salads at impacted restaurants
in IL, IA, IN, WI, MI, OH, MN, NE, SD, MT, ND, KY, WV, and MO until
they are able to switch to another salad supplier. More information can
be found in McDonald’s Statement.
Consumers who have symptoms of
cyclosporiasis should contact their health care provider to report
their symptoms and receive care. Most people infected with Cyclospora develop diarrhea, with
frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements. Other common symptoms
include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating,
increased gas, nausea, and fatigue. Vomiting, body aches, headache,
fever, and other flu-like symptoms may be noted. Some people who are
infected with Cyclospora do not have any
symptoms. If not treated, the illness may last from a few days to a
month or longer. Symptoms may seem to go away and then return one or
more times (relapse).
At this time, we do not have
evidence to suggest that this cluster of illnesses is related to the
ongoing Cyclospora outbreak linked to Del Monte
is the Problem and What is Being Done About It?
CDC, state, and local partners are currently investigating
several Cyclospora illnesses
associated with McDonald’s locations in IA, IL, MN, MO, NE, SD,
has reported 61 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis in
persons from IA, IL, MN, MO, NE, SD, and WI who reportedly consumed
salad products from several McDonald’s locations.
has not identified which of the ingredients used in the salads is the
vehicle for this outbreak; multiple components of these salads are
under consideration. The investigation is ongoing and the FDA is
currently reviewing distribution and supplier information.
the full update