Afternoon Coffee: McDonald’s Recalls Salads After Parasite Outbreak, Supplier Delays Strain Airline Manufacturers

McDonald’s has pulled salads from 3,000 restaurants after an outbreak of cyclospora sickened 61 people in seven states, CNN reports. The fast food chain said it decided to stop selling salads “out of an abundance of caution” while it switches to another supplier of lettuce blend. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is helping to identify which ingredients were making people sick and trace them through the supply chain.

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Aerospace Supplier Delays

Demand for new jets is sky high, but airline manufacturers Boeing and Airbus are struggling to deliver on time because of supplier shortfalls, according to The Wall Street Journal. Makers of engines and wing components have failed to keep up with requests for accelerated production schedules, leaving some hundreds of near-finished planes on the tarmac waiting for essential parts.

China GDP Grows

China’s reported second-quarter GDP clocked in at economists’ expectations, rising 6.7% from a year ago, CNBC reports. The effects of an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China were not yet visible in the second-quarter report, but the second half of the year could produce strong headwinds for China’s current growth rate.

Consumer Confidence 

And finally, a domestic economic update. Concerns over U.S. trade policies caused consumer sentiment to slide in July, the Financial Times reports, with the University of Michigan reading dropping to 97.1 this month, down from 98.2 in June. Analysts had expected a reading of 98.

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