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International Outbreak Involving German Chocolate 2001

In mid-October, the German health authorities noted an unusual increase of Salmonella Oranienburg reports. In November, a reference laboratory notified the German health officials about a chocolate sample that had been tested in September and that was found to be contaminated with Salmonella Oranienburg. A German chocolate manufacturer had submitted the sample for testing. Salmonella cases were ultimately detected in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, and Austria; the outbreak continued through March, 2002. A case control study indicated that chocolate consumption was a risk factor for illness. Chocolate had been implicated in previous outbreaks of Salmonella. No source of point of contamination was ever identified for this outbreak.

  • Outbreak began:
  • June 2001
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Not Applicable
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Chocolate
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • Retail stores
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 462
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown

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