According to a complaint filed this week, fast food giant McDonald’s salad supplier has been hit with a lawsuit from a woman saying she was “forced to wear Depends diapers” after becoming severely ill.
Kellie McCall has filed a lawsuit against salad supplier Fresh Express, and says she was struck by cyclosporiasis after eating a salad from an Iowa McDonald’s restaurant back in June.
There are now at least 400 people across 15 states who have been sick because of the parasitic illness that is connected to McDonald’s salads.
Fresh Express still says it does know what caused the outbreak. “As of now, there is no clear understanding about the contamination pathway or a definitive source of the Cyclospora outbreaks,” said the company.
McCall’s complaint states that “Kellie became ill with diarrhea, stomach cramps, fever, and severe gas. Her symptoms became so severe that she was forced to wear Depends diapers.”
McCall had also required emergency medical attention and continues to suffer from stomach cramps and fatigue, according to the complaint.
Testing at the hospital revealed the presence of the parasite cyclospora.
There have been 395 cases reported across 15 states of the parasite illness with 16 people having been hospitalized.
Last month McDonald’s removed salads from the 3,000 restaurants that may have been impacted by the outbreak and had replaced them by salads from a different supplier.
The Department of Agriculture also recently expanded the recall beyond McDonald’s salads. Certain prepackaged wraps and salads that use lettuce from Fresh Express had been sold at Walgreens, Trader Joe’s, and Kroger. They had been recalled due to concerns that they may have also been affected.
The FDA issued an update on August 9th stating, “As of August 9, 2018, a total of 436 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infection were reported in people who consumed salads from McDonald’s restaurants; the cases were reported by 15 states. The investigation is ongoing and the FDA is currently reviewing distribution and supplier information for romaine and carrots.”
The Food and Drug Administration has recommended that “consumers who have symptoms of cyclosporiasis should contact their health care provider to report their symptoms and receive care.”