Foodborne Illness Outbreak Database

This database provides summaries of significant food and water related outbreaks occurring since 1984 caused by E. coli, Salmonella, Hepatitis A, Campylobacter and other pathogens. Read more »

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August 16 2016 Outbreak of Norovirus Associated with a Family Luncheon, Kansas

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • strawberries, grapes

In August 2016 Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) staff investigated an outbreak of norovirus among people who attended a family luncheon held on August 27 in North Central Kansas. Food items were prepared by attendees who resided in …Read More »

July 16 2016 Hepatitis A Linked to Frozen Strawberries, Tropical Smoothie Cafe

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis A
  • Vehicle:
  • strawberries

Several states, the CDC and the FDA investigated a multistate outbreak of foodborne hepatitis A linked to frozen strawberries imported from Egypt. Nearly all ill people interviewed reported drinking smoothies containing strawberries at Tropical Smoot…Read More »

March 13 2013 Multistate Outbreak of Hepatitis A Linked to Townsend Farms Frozen Berries

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Berries, Pomegranate

On May 31, 2013 the CDC announced that public health investigators had identified an outbreak of acute hepatitis A attributed to consumption of frozen mixed berries produced by Townsend Farms. As of September 20, 2013 162 patients had been identified…Read More »

June 12 2012 Outbreak of Norovirus at a Private Party in White Bear Lake, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Ill food handler

In June 2012 Minnesota public health officials investigated an outbreak of norovirus among people who attended a party held on June 16 at a private home located in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Foods served at the party included 3 types of sandwiches p…Read More »

February 12 Pomeberry Blend Frozen Berries 2012

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Berries

On April 5, 2012, the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control warned the public not to consume Pomeberry Blend frozen berries, manufactured by Western Family, because they may be linked to an outbreak of hepatitis A. Eight cases of hepatitis A o…Read More »

July 11 2011 Outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 Linked to Strawberries, Oregon

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Strawberries

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was linked to eating fresh strawberries produced by Jaquith Strawberry Farm, in Oregon. The farm sold berries to buyers who in turn distributed them to roadside stands and farmers' markets in Multnomah, Washington, Cla…Read More »

June 09 2009 Outbreak of Cyclosporiasis at a Private Home Linked to Blackberries, Raspberries, Connecticut

  • Organism:
  • Cyclospora
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Berries, Blackberries, Raspberries

A confirmed outbreak of Cyclosporiasis occurred among people who had eaten blackberries or raspberries in a private home.…Read More »

June 09 Multistate Blueberries 2009

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Blueberries

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Muenchen was associated with eating blueberries. The involved states were not described.…Read More »

July 08 2008 Outbreak of Cyclosporiasis at a Banquet Facility, Tennessee

  • Organism:
  • Cyclospora
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Berries

A confirmed outbreak of Cyclosporiasis occurred among people who had eaten berries while at a banquet facility in Tennessee. The type of berries was not described.…Read More »

July 08 2008 Outbreak of Cyclosporiasis at a Workplace or Banquet Facility Linked to Mixed Berries, California

  • Organism:
  • Cyclospora
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Berries, Mixed Berries

A confirmed outbreak of Cyclosporiasis occurred among people who had eaten mixed berries at a workplace, or at a banquet facility, in California. The types of berries were not described.…Read More »

November 07 California Restaurant Ice Cream with Fresh Berries 2007

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Ice Cream Fruit, Berries

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus occurred among people who had eaten ice cream with fresh berries while at a restaurant in California.…Read More »

June 07 2007 Multistate Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Other Commercially Prepared Food, Sauce, Hot Dog Chili Sauce, Chili, Beans

In early July, public health officials in Texas and Indiana reported to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) four persons (2 adults; 2 children who were siblings) who had developed cranial palsies and symmetric, descending, flaccid paralysis. These…Read More »

May 07 2007 Outbreak of Norovirus at a Private Home, Georgia

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Strawberries

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus occurred at a private home in Georgia. Strawberries were named as the vehicle of infection.…Read More »

March 07 2007 Outbreak of Hepatitis A at a Restaurant Linked to Acai, Bananas, Strawberries, Sugar Cane Juice, Florida

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Acai, Bananas, Strawberries Sugar Cane Juice

A confirmed outbreak of hepatitis A occurred among people who had consumed acai, bananas, strawberries, and sugar cane juice while at a restaurant in Florida.…Read More »

August 06 New York Private Home Susumber Berries 2006

  • Organism:
  • Chemical
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Susumber Berries

Three people became ill after consuming Susumber berries at a private home. Susumber berries, members of the Nightshade family, were federally listed on the U.S. noxious weed list in 1995. The berries are commonly found in the tropics, and have been …Read More »

July 06 2006 Outbreak of E. Coli O26 Linked to Strawberries or Blueberries, Massachusetts

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Strawberries, Blueberries

An outbreak of E. coli O26 occurred in Massachusetts. The vehicles were strawberries or blueberries.…Read More »

May 98 Guatemalan Fresh Raspberries 1998

  • Organism:
  • Cyclospora
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Raspberries, Fresh

Outbreaks of cyclosporiasis were detected in Ontario, Canada. The related illnesses were associated with events held in May, in Ontario. They were also associated with the consumption of fresh raspberries. Traceback of the raspberries served at th…Read More »

March 97 Fresh Raspberries 1997

  • Organism:
  • Cyclospora
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Raspberries

Beginning in April, the Centers for Disease Control was notified of 21 outbreaks of cyclosporiasis in the United States and Ontario, Canada. These clusters were associated with events such as receptions, banquets, or restaurants. In addition an out…Read More »

January 97 1997 Multistate Outbreak of Hepatitis A Linked to A&W Frozen Strawberries

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Strawberries, Frozen

A large outbreak of hepatitis A was associated with the consumption of strawberries served at school. The strawberries had been imported from Mexico and processed/packaged in California by A&W. They were frozen and sold for commercial use in schoo…Read More »

May 96 1996 Canadian and Multistate Outbreak of Cyclospora Linked to Guatemalan Raspberries

  • Organism:
  • Cyclospora
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Raspberries

In May and June, laboratory confirmed cases of Cyclospora cayetanensis were reported in persons residing in the United States and Ontario,Canada. Eventually cases were found in twenty U.S. states and the District of Columbia and in the Canadian Prov…Read More »

May 95 Guatemalan Raspberries 1995

  • Organism:
  • Cyclospora
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Raspberries

Raspberries served at two social events were linked to an outbreak of cyclosporiasis in Florida. The raspberries were purchased from separate sources and likely originated in Guatemala.…Read More »

April 90 1990 Multistate Outbreak of Hepatitis A Linked Frozen Strawberries

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Strawberries

Frozen strawberries that had been processed at a single plant were linked to outbreaks of hepatitis A. In Geogia, illnesses occurred among students and teachers of an elementary school. Three months, later, in Montana, an outbreak involving the str…Read More »

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