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Pilgrim's Pride Foods Turkey Deli Meat 2002

This outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes was traced to sliceable turkey deli meat. Ill persons were infected with a matching strain of Listeria. One unopened package and 25 environmental samples from the Pilgrim's Pride Foods poultry processing plant yielded Listeria. The strain of bacteria from the product did not match the strain found in the people, however two environmental samples did grow a matching strain. This outbreak led to eight deaths and three stillbirths.

  • Outbreak began:
  • July 2002
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey
  • Organism(s):
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Luncheon Meat and Sausage, not ham
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Grocery stores
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Yes
  • Total ill:
  • 54
  • 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:
  • Yes
  • Number Dead:
  • 8
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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