08/08/18: Mcdonald’s has been hit by an outbreak of a parasite linked to human poo which has left nearly 400 people sick.

mcdonald-s-food-sickness-outbreak-us-parasite-salads-cyclospora-vomit-stomach-human-poo-721687Branches of McDonald’s in the US have been rocked by the foodborne infection Cyclospora.

It is normally caused by eating raw fruit and vegetables contaminated by human poo.

Tiny parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis infects the bowels – leaving sufferers with flu-like symptoms and stomach cramps.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed at least 395 people across 15 states have been infected with Cyclospora.

At least 16 people have been hospitalised due to their symptoms.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and cooperating with state and federal public health authorities as they further investigate”

Investigators have linked the cases to people who have been buying contaminated salads.

FDA officials are now probing Fresh Express, who have been supplying McDonald’s with bags of mixed lettuce.

McDonald’s has pulled sales from 3,000 restaurants across 14 states.

The fast-food chain is now also switching to a different lettuce supplier in the region.

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“McDonald’s is committed to the highest standards of food safety and quality control.

“Many restaurants already have a new lettuce blend supply, while we expect all identified restaurants will have a new supply in the new few days.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and cooperating with state and federal public health authorities as they further investigate.”

The US Centre for Disease Control describes Cyclospora as being spread being ingesting something “that was contaminated with faeces”.

Outbreaks of the infection have been linked to “imported fresh produce”, it added.

It said: “Cyclospora infects the small intestine (bowel) and usually causes watery diarrhoea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements.

“Other common symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue.”

In a statement, Fresh Express said: “The Fresh Express food safety team, along with our outside food safety experts, have collaborated closely with the FDA, the US Centers for Disease Control CDC and Prevention, and public health agencies in their outbreak investigations, and we continue to do so.

“As of now, there is no clear understanding about the contamination pathway or the definitive source of the infection.”

McDonald’s in Britain is not affected by the outbreak of Cyclospora.

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