McDonalds has stopped serving salads at 3,000 restaurants in 14 states following reports linking the dishes to an outbreak of intestinal parasites.
Cases of cyclosporiasis, an intestinal illness caused by a single-celled parasite, have surged in recent weeks, and some cases have been linked to McDonald’s salads by state departments of public health in Illinois and Iowa. According to the Wall Street Journal, one-fourth of the 90 cases of cyclosporiasis reported in Illinois have been linked to McDonald’s salads, while 15 cases have been linked to the salads in Iowa.
Those cases were announced earlier this week. Now, McDonald’s, out of what it describes as “an abundance of caution,” has stopped serving salads at restaurants in Iowa and Illinois, as well as at other restaurants that had received shipments from the same supplier. Those restaurants are in Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, North Dakota, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Missouri.