McDonald’s customers need to be on high alert. A parasitic outbreak has taken place at the chain restaurant and over 160 customers have already been affected. Worst of all, this parasitic outbreak has spread to a wide range of other locations. Kroger, Trader Joe’s and Walgreens products are believed to be affected as well. Caito Foods is a primary food distributor for these companies.
Their romaine lettuce is believed to be the cause of the contamination. This lettuce was eventually recalled but not before it made its way into the hands of the consumer. Fresh Express is the lettuce supplier that is responsible for the error. While the products have since been recalled, this is of little comfort to those who patronize the aforementioned businesses.
The salads and wraps that are in question all have sell by dates that land between July 18 and July 23. To find out more about all of the items that are meant to be avoided, be sure to check with the USDA sites that have taken the time to list them. For best results, head to the Food Safety and Inspection Service website. This agency works within the USDA in order to keep us safe from potentially harmful foodstuffs.
There is also an establishment number that shoppers need to be watching out for. Check the mark of inspection of each product. If the establishment number is P-39985 or EST. 39985, this means that the food is not safe to eat. If the consumer has eaten a product that is contaminated, the symptoms may take between two to fourteen days to arrive.
Victims may feel flu like symptoms initially and a loss of appetite can also occur. Weight loss and diarrhea are also symptoms that consumers will need to watch out for. Those who believe that they could be infected should schedule an appointment with their doctor as soon as possible. These infections are obviously unpleasant but they can certainly be treated with antibiotics.
We are glad to report that there have been no fatalities as a result of this outbreak. For those who wish to spread the word and keep others safe, be sure to pass this story along. As an added bonus, we have provided a helpful tutorial video that will allow readers to avoid these types of outbreaks in their own home. Keeping food fresh is a great way to steer clear of unwanted infections and we should all take the time to learn more.