ALBANY, N.Y. – The New York State Dept. of Health and the Chautauqua County Health Dept. are investigating multiple illnesses potentially associated with a McDonald’s restaurant in Jamestown.
According to a joint statement from the agencies, 22 individuals reported symptoms of nausea, vomiting or diarrhea between Aug. 4-21. Fifteen case patients reported eating breakfast sandwiches at the McDonald’s restaurant in Chautauqua County. Lab samples obtained from the sickened diners are being tested at the state’s public health laboratory, in Albany to determine if their illnesses are linked to breakfast sandwiches prepared at the restaurant. Results of the tests are pending.
“McDonald’s is fully cooperating with this investigation and is readily following all recommendations of the state and county health departments while this investigation continues,” the agencies said.
Additionally, the franchise owner is implementing several precautionary measures including:
- temporarily closing the establishment to conduct a thorough cleaning of the food preparation areas and all equipment;
- reviewing the food preparation and distribution process in conjunction with county public health officials;
- obtaining a fresh supply of ingredients before resuming food production; and
- conducting a follow-up meeting with the Chautauqua County Health Dept. to ensure all recommendations were met by the restaurant.