Foodborne Illness Outbreak Database

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December 18 2018 Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Johnston County Hams, North Carolina and Virginia

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Ham

On October 4, 2018, federal health and regulatory officials announced an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to ready-to-eat deli ham produced by Johnston County Hams, Inc. a total of 4 cases were identified in North Carolina and Vi…Read More »

September 16 2016-2017 Multistate Outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes Linked to Vulto Creamery Soft Cheese

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Cheese, soft

In early March 2017, public health and regulatory officials in several states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigated an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes (Listeria) infection…Read More »

May 15 2015-2016 Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis linked to Dole Packaged Salads

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Salad, Leafy Greens

The CDC, FDA and several states investigated an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to consumption of packaged salads produced at the Springfield, Ohio processing facility. A total of 19 people residing in 9 states were infected by the outbrea…Read More »

January 15 2015 Listeria Outbreak Linked to Queseria Bendita Latin-style cheese, Washington State

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, cheese

Washington state health and agriculture officials along with their federal counterparts at the FDA and CDC investigated an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes link to consumption of Queseria Bendita, a Latin-style soft cheese. As of January 16, 2015, …Read More »

November 14 2014 Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Snoqualmie Ice Cream, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Ice cream

Local and state public health officials in Washington State linked two patients diagnosed with listeriosis to products recalled by Snoqualmie Ice Cream Company. The two cases, both from King County, had serious medical conditions and became ill after…Read More »

October 14 2014 Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Commercially Produced, Prepackaged Caramel Apples

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • caramel apples

On December 19, 2014 the CDC announced a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples. On February 12, 2015 the outbreak was declared to be over. A total of 35 people infected with the out…Read More »

July 14 2014 Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Associated with Wawona Stone Fruit

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit

On July 19, 2014, Wawona Packing Company voluntarily recalled certain lots of stone fruits, including whole peaches, nectarines, plums, and pluots, because of concern about contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall was triggered by testi…Read More »

June 14 2014 Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Wholesome Soy Products Mung Bean Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Mung Bean Sprouts

Five patients were infected with Listeria monocytogenes after consuming mung bean sprouts produced by Wholesome Soy Products. Patients lived in Illinois (4) and Michigan (1). All ill patients were hospitalized. Two died. The FDA isolated Listeria …Read More »

December 14 2014 Multistate Oubreak of Listeriosis Linked to Miller's Organic Farm Raw Milk

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, milk, Unpasteurized Raw Milk

In November 2015 samples of raw chocolate milk were collected from a raw milk conference held in Anaheim, California. The raw chocolate milk was produced by Miller's Organic Farm in Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania. The FDA isolated Listeria from the raw m…Read More »

September 13 2013-2014 Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Oasis Brands Cheese

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, cheese

In August and October 2014 Oasis Brands, Inc. voluntarily recalled several cheese due to contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall was triggered by product testing conducted by the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services. …Read More »

September 13 2013 to 2016 Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Frozen Vegetables

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • vegetables, frozen

In May 2016 the CDC, FDA and public health officials in several states announced an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes traced to frozen vegetables produced by CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington. Public health investigators used the PulseNet system…Read More »

August 13 2013-2014 Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Soft Cheese Produced by Roos Foods

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese, Fresh

In February 2014 the CDC announced a multi-state outbreak of listeriosis linked to consumption of soft or semi-soft Hispanic-style cheese produced by Roos Foods of Kenton, Delaware. There were 8 confirmed cases in two states, Maryland and California.…Read More »

June 13 2013 Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Les Freres Cheese

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Cheese

On July 3, 2013 the Minnesota Department of Health announced an outbreak of listeriosis linked to eating Les Freres cheese made by Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics Cheese, a Wisconsin producer. Two people in Minnesota were ill with onsets in early …Read More »

June 12 2012 Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Cheese Sold at Whole Foods, Pennsylvania

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese, Pasteurized

The Allegheny County Health Department and Whole Foods Market announced that Jean Perrin Edel de Cleron cheese sold in the East Liberty Whole Foods Market store was linked to listeriosis in a 69 year old Westmoreland County man. The man fell ill on …Read More »

March 12 El Ranchero Del Sur Los Corrales Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese and Banana Leaf 2012

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese, Unpasteurized, Raw

On March 2, 2012, a 38-week pregnant woman, in New Jersey, was diagnosed with Listeria monocytogenes. Subsequent investigation and product analysis implicated, and then confirmed, the presence of L. monocytogenes in a sample of Los Corrales Queso Fre…Read More »

March 12 2012 Multistate Outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes Linked to Forever Cheese Ricotta

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese, Ricotta

On September 10, 2012 Forever Cheese, Inc. recalled all Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand, Forever Cheese lot #T9425 and/or production code 441202 due to an outbreak of listeriosis linked to the product. On November 21, 2012 the CDC declared the outbre…Read More »

December 11 Green Cedar Dairy - Harb, Inc. Natural Ackawi and Chives Cheese 2011

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese, Pasteurized

On December 27, the Michigan Department of Agriculture announced the recall of All Natural Ackawi and Chive Cheeses produced by the Green Cedar Dairy - Harb, Inc., of Dearborn, Michigan. The recalled product is sold in approximately 12-14 oz. squares…Read More »

July 11 2011 Multistate Outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes Linked to Jensen Farms Rocky Ford Cantaloupe

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Cantaloupe

A multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes involving 5 distinct strains was associated with consumption of cantaloupe grown at Jensen Farms' production fields in Granada, Colorado. A total of 147 persons were reported to the CDC. Thirty three p…Read More »

May 11 Colorado Unknown Location Unknown Vehicle 2011

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

On June 2, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced that they were investigating an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes. There had been three reported cases since May 20. Two of the cases died; the decedents were a male in …Read More »

December 11 Clic Cheese or Butter 2011

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese, Butter

One person became ill due to Listeria monocytogenes after eating a Clic brand cheese, or butter, in Canada. A recall for Clic dairy products was issued on November 11. However, during a review of the company‚Äôs voluntary recall it was discovered th…Read More »

August 10 2010-2015 Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Soft Cheese Produced by Karoun Dairies, Inc.

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, cheese

On September 18, 2015 the CDC announced a multi-state outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to consumption of soft cheeses distributed by Karoun Dairies, Inc. Products were sold under the following brands: Karoun, Arz, Gopi, Queso Del Valle, Cen…Read More »

June 10 Delaware Raw Dairy Products 2010

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Unpasteurized, Raw Milk

In June, two separate illness incidents were linked to the consumption of raw dairy products in the state of Delaware. A New Castle County woman developed Brucellosis, and a Sussex County man developed Listeriosis. Both had consumed raw dairy produ…Read More »

June 10 2010 Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Sushi, Washington State

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Sushi

In 2010 public health investigators in Washington investigated an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes in two persons whose only common exposure was sushi at Restaurant "A". One person lived in King county and was ill in June 2010. The second person li…Read More »

March 10 Siena Foods Salame 2010

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Luncheon Meat and Sausage, Salame, Cooked Ham, Cotto Ham

In Ontario, Canada, two persons developed an infection with a strain of Listeria monocytogenes that was a genetic match to a strain of Listeria that had been isolated from salame produced by Siena Foods. The company's salame product was recalled from…Read More »

February 10 Queseria Bendita Fresh Cheese 2010

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese, Fresh

Two Oregon mothers, their prematurely born infants, and a pregnant woman residing in Washington state, were hospitalized after eating cheeses produced by Queseria Bendita, a Yakima, Washington, business. At least one of the illnesses was laboratory …Read More »

January 10 SanGar Produce & Processing Company Chopped Celery 2010

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Celery Poultry, Chicken Salad

On October 20, 2010, the Texas Department of State Health Services ordered Sangar Fresh Cut Produce, located in San Antonio, Texas, to stop production, and to recall, all products shipped from the plant since January. An investigation found that all…Read More »

January 10 Veron Foods Hog Head Cheese 2010

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Sausage and Luncheon Meat, Hog Head Cheese

An increase in reported cases of Listeriosis in Louisiana prompted further investigation. Eight cases of Listeria monocytogenes, serotype 1/2 a sharing the same genetic fingerprint were linked to the recent consumption of sausage and luncheon meat. …Read More »

January 10 2010-2015 Listeriosis Linked to Blue Bell Ice Cream

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Ice Cream

Local, state, and federal investigators identified an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to consumption of ice cream manufactured by Blue Bell Creameries. As of April 8, 2015, a total of 10 patients infected with several strains of Listeria mo…Read More »

December 10 Del Bueno Queso Fresco 2010

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese, Raw, Unpasteurized

A case of Listeria monocytogenes led to a recall in April, 2010, of Del Bueno brand Queso Fresco cheese. A routine, cheese, sampling program by the Washington State Department of Agriculture confirmed that the cheese was contaminated with Listeria m…Read More »

November 09 Washington State Private Home Cheese 2009

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese

A confirmed outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes occurred among people who had eaten cheese in a private home. There was no description as to whether the cheese had been made with pasteurized or unpasteurized milk.…Read More »

June 09 Multistate Mexican Style Cheese 2009

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese

A confirmed, multistate, outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes was associated with eating Mexican style cheese. The cheese was consumed in private homes. The states involved in this outbreak were not named. It was not stated whether the cheese had be…Read More »

March 09 Illinois Private Home Unknown 2009

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A dual outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni and Listeria monocytogenes occurred in private homes in Illinois. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

December 09 Prolactal Cheese 2009

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese, Acid Cheese Curd

Austria's health ministry said contaminated cheese produced by Prolactal killed seven people in 2009. The ministry said the deaths - five in Austria and two in Germany - were caused by listeria, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fata…Read More »

December 08 Virgin Blue Airline Chicken Wrap 2008

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, chicken Sandwich, Chicken Wrap

An outbreak of Listeriosis occurred among people who had purchased chicken wrap sandwichs on Virgin Blue flights in Australia. Two of the ill were pregnant women; the illness resulted in their giving birth prematurely with both infants surviving. W…Read More »

October 08 Multistate Torres Hillsdale Private Home Mexican Style, Pasteurized, Asadero Cheese 2008

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese, Pasteurized

A multistate outbreak of listeriosis occurred among pregnant, Hispanic women. Eight cases in five states were identified. Seven of the cases were pregnant, Hispanic females aged 21 to 43 years, and one was a 3-year-old Hispanic girl. Seven (100%) c…Read More »

June 08 2008 Outbreak of Listeriosis Infections Linked to Maple Leaf Consumer Foods Deli Meat, Canada

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Luncheon Meat, not ham

The Maple Leaf Consumer Foods of Canada had detected Listeria in its routine environmental testing at its Bartor Road plant sporadically in 2007 and early 2008. Beginning in June, 2008, illnesses began. By July 18, Maple Leaf Consumer Foods product…Read More »

June 08 Quebec Pasteurized Cheese 2008

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese, Pasteurized

A major Listeria monocytogenes outbreak occurred in the province of Quebec, Canada, in 2008, involving a strain of L. monocytogenes (LM P93)characterized by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and associated with the consumption of pasteurized mi…Read More »

June 08 New York Hospital Tuna Salad 2008

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Finfish, Tuna, Tuna Salad

During August, 2008, a listeriosis outbreak was first detected by infection control in a New York City (NYC) hospital. The initial investigation found three cases, however later two additional, earlier onset, cases were found. All of the ill had pr…Read More »

June 07 Whittier Farms Pasteurized Milk 2007

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milk, Pasteurized

In November, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) was notified of a fifth case of Listeria monocytogenes associated with consumption of milk from Whittier Farms. This prompted an investigation of the dairy associated with the farm. …Read More »

August 06 Oregon Grocery Store or Private Home Pasteurized Cheese 2006

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese, Pasteurized

A confirmed outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes was linked to eating pasteurized cheese in a grocery store or in a private home in Oregon.…Read More »

February 06 Oregon Unknown Location Unknown Vehicle 2006

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes occurred in Oregon. The vehicle of exposure and the exposure location were not described.…Read More »

July 05 2005 Outbreak of Listeriosis in Onondaga County, New York

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

An outbreak of listeriosis was identified by New York health officials in Onondaga County. A total of six people fell ill. One person died. An investigation failed to find a common exposure, but the cases were linked through genetic sequencing of th…Read More »

July 05 Turkey Deli Meat 2005

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Luncheon Meat, Turkey Deli

A multistate outbreak(states not described) of Listeria monocytogenes cases was investigated using a standard questionnaire. Cases all shared the same strain of Listeria monocytogenes. Cases were more likely than controls to have eaten turkey deli …Read More »

June 05 Raw, Unpasteurized, Queso Fresco 2005

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese, Unpasteurized

Houston, Texas, health officials noted an cluster of Listeria monocytogenes cases in August. The isolates matched each other genetically. Food history questionnaires indicated the source of the outbreak was queso fresco, a soft, Mexican cheese that…Read More »

June 05 Texas Private Home Queso Fresco 2005

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese, Unpasteurized, Raw Milk

A confirmed outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes was associated with eating unpasteurized, raw milk, queso fresco cheese in a private home in Texas.…Read More »

February 03 Texas Private Home Queso Fresco 2003

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese, Unpasteurized, Raw Milk

A confirmed outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes was associated with eating unpasteurized, raw milk, queso fresco cheese in a private home in Texas.…Read More »

July 02 Pilgrim's Pride Foods Turkey Deli Meat 2002

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Luncheon Meat and Sausage, not ham

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 plan…Read More »

June 01 2001 Listeriosis Linked to Sliced Deli Turkey, California

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Luncheon Meat, Turkey, Sliced

An outbreak of Listeriosis occurred among people who attended a birthday party in California. Illness was associated with eating precooked, sliced turkey. Stool samples from case patients and turkey samples yielded the same strain of Listeria monoc…Read More »

October 00 2000 Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Homemade Mexican Style Cheese, North Carolina

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese, Unpasteurized, Raw Cheese

Twelve persons (eleven women; one immunocompromised man), all of Hispanic origen, developed infections caused by Listeria monocytogenes. Ten women were pregnant; these infections resulted in five stillbirths, three premature deliveries, and two infec…Read More »

October 00 Mexican-Style Cheese Queso Fresco 2000

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese, Unpasteurized, Raw Cheese

An outbreak of Listeriosis occurred Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It was attributed to the consumption of a fresh, Mexican-style cheese that was sold door-to-door. Listeria monocytogenes was isolated from 10 case-patients, from cheese bought from …Read More »

May 00 2000 Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Cargill Deli Turkey

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Luncheon meat and Sausage, Turkey

A case-control study implicated sliced, processed, turkey deli meat in a multistate (11 state) outbreak. A traceback investigation identified a single processing plant in Texas as the likely source of the outbreak. The company recalled 16 million p…Read More »

June 98 Finnish Butter 1999

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Butter

An outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes Serotype 3a occurred among recent patients of a tertiary care facility(hospital), in Finland. This was an unusual strain of Listeria. An investigation found the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes in pack…Read More »

January 98 1998 Multitate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Bil Mar Foods Ready-to-eat Meats

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Luncheon Meat and Sausage, Hot dog, Frankfurters, Deli Meats

Molecular subtyping helped to identify Listeria monocytogenes cases linked to a nationwide outbreak. Cases were eventually identified in 24 states. An initial case-control study implicated meat frankfurters, or hot dogs, as the likely source. A fo…Read More »

July 94 Holstein Cow Show Pasteurized Chocolate Milk 1994

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milk, Pasteurized, Chocolate Flavor

An outbreak of gastroenteritis and fever occurred among persons who attended a picnic associated with a Holstein Cow Show in Elizabeth, Illinois. People had complained about the taste and quality of the milk that was served at the picnic. The milk …Read More »

December 88 Plantation Turkey Franks 1988

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Luncheon Meat and Sausage, Turkey Franks

A woman who had cancer, on a daily basis, ate Plantation brand, turkey franks, heated in a microwave oven. Listeria monocytogenes was isolated from an open package of the turkey franks in the woman's home and from unopened packages of the turkey fra…Read More »

January 85 1985 Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked Jalisco Products, Inc., Queso Fresco and Cotija Cheeses, California

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese, Unpasteurized, Raw Cheese

Between January 1 and August 15, 1985, 142 cases of listeriosis were identified in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, California. Ninety three cases (65.5%) occurred in pregnant women or their offspring and 49 (34.5%) in nonpregnant adults. There wer…Read More »

June 83 Pasteurized Milk 1983

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milk, Pasteurized

Consumption of a specific brand of pasteurized, whole or 2 per cent, milk was epidemiologically linked to an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes in Massaschusetts. The risk of illness increased with the amount of milk that had been consumed. The mil…Read More »

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