USA Today: The number of people sickened by tainted McDonald’s salads has jumped to 163 in 10 states. Three of the victims have been hospitalized.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the problem is caused by the Cyclospora parasite that is transmitted in foods contaminated with fecal matter.
Last week, the number of cases was 61 people in seven states – 29 in Illinois, 16 in Iowa, seven in Missouri, three in Minnesota and two each in Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
An updated state-by-state breakdown wasn’t immediately available.
McDonald’s voluntarily stopped selling salads last week at about 3,000 restaurants in 14 states — Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, North Dakota, Kentucky, West Virginia and Missouri — until they were able to switch to another lettuce-mix supplier.
“We have removed lettuce blend provided by Fresh Express’ Streamwood, Illinois, facility,” the fast-food burger chain said in a statement Friday. “Many restaurants already have a new lettuce blend supply, while we expect all identified restaurants will have new supply in the next few days.” more