Those of you who go to McDonald’s for salad, tread cautiously. After dozens of reports in the midwest of customers becoming sick, McDonald’s has preemptively removed salads from more than 3,000 locations throughout the Midwest.
CNN reports that both the Illinois and Iowa health departments are looking into a parasite that’s known to cause intestinal illness that may be linked to McDonald’s salads.
So far, Illinois has reported about 90 cases of customers getting sick since the middle of May and Iowa has reported 15 since late June. A majority of those customers said they had salads. Other states reported include Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Missouri, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
Known as the cyclospora parasite, this creature can cause diarrhea, fatigue, vomiting, and cramps in individuals. Anyone experiencing these symptoms have been asked to be tested by a doctor and seek treatment.
McDonald’s has already issued a statement saying they’ll be removing salads from the menus in the regions that have been affected while they look for a new supplier of lettuce.