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1999 E. coli O157:H7, Fleetwood Sausage Company, British Columbia, Canada

Over a twelve week period, 143 cases of genetically indistinguishable, E.coli O157:H7 were identified in British Columbia, Canada. Salami was implicated as the food vehicle. The salami had been produced by Fleetwood Sausage Company. Fleetwood Sausage used a dry fermentation process that was inadequate to prevent the contamination. E.coli O157:H7 was found in the salami and matched the strain of E.coli O157:H7 that had been identified in the people.

  • Outbreak began:
  • November 1999
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Not Applicable
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Luncheon Meat and Sausage, Salami
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • Unknown
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Fleetwood, Landjaeger, Swiss Farmer
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Yes
  • Total ill:
  • 143
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 143
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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