- McDonald’s branches in France have announced the presence of listeria in Chicken Caesar salads sold between July 9 and July 14.
- Listeria can invade the central nervous system, lead to meningitis and even to brain infection.
- The franchise made the statement just days after an outbreak of the cyclospora parasite was announced in McDonald’s branches in the US.
Following an internal audit, McDonald’s has detected the presence of listeria in a batch of Chicken Caesar salad sold between July 9 and July 14, 2018.
The fast food chain made a public recommendation on Wednesday August 1 that customers consult a doctor should certain symptoms appear.
As reported by Markets Insider: “Listeria presents as a mild illness with fever and muscle aches, but for those with compromised immune systems, the young, the elderly, and those who are expecting, it can be much more serious.
The food-borne pathogen can invade the central nervous system, leading to meningitis and even brain infection. In pregnant women, Listeria can lead to miscarriage, infection of the newborn, or stillbirth.”
The franchise, which has more than 1380 stores in France, announced it had detected the bacteria during an internal audit, less than a week after McDonald’s branches in the US alerted the public to an outbreak of the cyclospora parasite.
The batch of salads affected was supplied by French company FFS (Florette Food Services), which is known for having been partnered with McDonald’s in France for a long time.
Over 350 McDonald’s branches are affected across 12 of France’s 13 regions.
McDonald’s added: “As a precaution and only in the case of fever (whether or not accompanied by headaches), we recommend any customers who consumed a Chicken Caesar salad on the dates mentioned in any of the McDonald’s branches listed , to consult a physician.”
This post has been translated from French.