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Gate Gourmet Salad Vegetables 2004

While on board, air passengers traveling from Honolulu, Hawaii, between August 22 through August 24, were exposed to Shigella while eating the food. The food had been prepared by the Gate Gourmet, Inc., facility located in Honolulu, Hawaii. Gate Gourmet prepared meals for at least three major air carriers. Prior to the outbreak, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspection of the facility demonstrated severe food handling violations. People in at least 22 U.S. states, Japan, Australia, and American Samoa were affected. Consumption of vegetables in the fresh garden salad, particularly carrots, increased the risk of illness.

  • Outbreak began:
  • August 2004
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • California, Ohio, American Samoa
  • Organism(s):
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Vegetable, carrots, cucumbers
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Airline
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Unknown
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 103
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 44
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 1
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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