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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July 10 Canada Green Onions 2010

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Green Onion

An outbreak of Salmonella Oranienberg was linked to the consumption of green onions in Ontario, Canada. The green onions were sold through various outlets of the Highland Farms Supermarkets. They were sold unwrapped and held together with a rubber …Read More »

October 03 Chi Chi's Restaurant Green Onions 2003

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, green onions

Pennsylvania State health officials first learned of a Hepatitis A outbreak when unusually high numbers of hepatitis A cases were reported in late October, 2003. All but one of the initial cases had eaten at the Chi Chi’s restaurant at the Beaver …Read More »

September 03 Georgia Restaurants Green Onions 2003

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Green Onions

Outbreaks of hepatitis A were linked to the consumption of green onions at restaurants. A traceback showed that the implicated green onions originated from the same distributor from California suppliers and had been grown in Mexico. The implicated …Read More »

September 03 O' Charley's Restaurants Green Onions 2003

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Green Onion

An outbreak of hepatitis A occurred among patrons and foodhandlers at the O'Charley's Restaurant in Knoxville, Tennessee. No foodhandler was identified as the source of transmission to restaurant patrons. The Centers for Disease Control sent an inv…Read More »

December 03 Buncombe County Restaurant 2003

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Green Onions

An outbreak of hepatitis A was linked to the consumption of green onions at a restaurant in North Carolina. A traceback showed that the implicated green onions originated from a distributor who had obtained them from California suppliers. An earlie…Read More »

November 00 Taco Bell Restaurants Green Onion 2000

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Green Onion

In December, South Carolina health department workers began receiving reports of hepatitis A that were associated with eating a meal at a Taco Bell in Fruitland Park, Florida. The Florida health department was notified and investigated the outbreak …Read More »

January 00 Senor Felix 5 Layer Bean Dip 2000

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Green onions Vegetable, Guacamole Salsa or Pico de Gallo Herbs and Spices, Fresh Parsley, Cilantro Dairy, Cheese, nacho Dairy, Sour Cream Grain, Bean, Dip

Six persons who attended a baby shower in Seattle, Washington, developed fever and diarrhea. One of these illnesses was confirmed as caused by an antibiotic resistant, Shigella sonnei. A cohort study implicated the commercially distributed, ready-t…Read More »

November 98 Ohio Restaurant Green Onions 1998

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Green Onion

An outbreak of hepatitis A occurred among patrons of an Ohio restaurant. The restaurant's food workers were tested for hepatitis A; there was no evidence that a food handler could have contaminated the food with hepatitis A virus. A case-control st…Read More »

December 97 Spokane Dinner Banquet Green Onions 1997

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Green Onions, Scallions

Gastroenteritis caused by Cryptosporidium occurred among members of a group attending a dinner banquet at a Spokane, Washington restaurant on December 18. The ill (87% of the group) had diarrhea and/or abdominal cramping within 10 days of eating the…Read More »

June 94 Green Onions/Scallions 1994

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Green Onions, Scallions

An outbreak of Shigella flexneri 6A occurred in two U.S. states. The scallions possibly were contaminated during harvest or packaging in Mexico.…Read More »

March 93 Carrots 1993, non-O157 E. coli

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Produce-Only Salad, Vegetable, Carrots, Lettuce Produce-Only Salad, Vegetable, Tabouleh (onions, carrots, zucchini, peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, green onions, tomatoes, parsley, bulgar wheat, olive oil, lemon juice, and bottled garlic)

In March, the Rhode Island Department of Health investigated an outbreak of illness among passengers of an airline flight. Forty seven of 74 passengers were ill. A meal had been served on the flight. Illness was most strongly associated with eatin…Read More »

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