If you hadn't noticed, this summer has been the summer of food recalls. Nearly every week it seems a new food brand or restaurant chain is overcome by an outbreak of food-borne illness or contaminated product that could potentially get hordes of people sick. In fact, there are at least six multi-state food-borne illness outbreaks going on as of Tuesday.
So, rather than just play it safe by sticking to a strict diet of boiled potatoes, we've rounded up all of the stuff you should steer clear of at the moment, from McDonald's salads and Honey Smack cereal to pasta salad and turkey sandwiches.
Fast Food and Grocery Store Salads, Wraps
An outbreak of cyclospora, a parasite that can cause some seriously gross intestinal issues, has been traced to a big batch of Fresh Express salad mixes of romaine lettuce and carrots, and it's impacted quite a large swath of the country, including a number of chain restaurants and grocery stores.
While the affected batch was not sold directly to consumers, it was used in prepped and pre-packaged items and has been linked to a cyclospora outbreak in McDonald's salads, which prompted the mega-chain to yank salads from its menus at more than 3,000 locations across 14 states. So, if you're hankering for a fast-food salad, maybe head to Wendy's or elsewhere for now.
Additionally, the Fresh Express blend was also used in some pre-made salads and wraps sold at grocery stores including Kroger, Trader Joe's, and Walgreens, which prompted the US Department of Agrictulture (USDA) to warn the public about certain products. Specifically, the batch in question came from Indianapolis' Caito Foods and affected a number of items that are now out of date (they were made between July 15-18 and had best-used-by dates between July 18-23).