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 12 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Linked to Cantaloupe, July 2012

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • cantaloupe

On Friday, August 17, 2012 public health officials in several states and the FDA announced a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium linked to cantaloupe grown in southwestern Indiana. By September 13, 2012 state and federal investigators had i…Read More »

July 11 Jensen Farms Rocky Ford Cantaloupe 2011

  • 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 »

February 11 Del Monte Fresh Produce Cantaloupe 2011

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Cantaloupe

Del Monte Fresh Produce recalled whole cantaloupes after an epidemiologic link was found between the cantaloupe and an outbreak of Salmonella Panama. The cantaloupes were sold as a package of three through warehouse clubs in Alaska, California, Colo…Read More »

December 08 California Restaurant Cantaloupe 2008

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Melon, Cantaloupe

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus occurred among people who had eaten cantaloupe at a restaurant in California.…Read More »

August 08 Colorado Private Home Cantaloupe and Watermelon 2008

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Melon, Cantaloupe, Watermelon

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Newport was linked to eating cantaloupe or watermelon while at a private home in Colorado.…Read More »

August 08 Colorado Private Home Cantaloupe or Ground Beef 2008

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Melon, Cantaloupe Beef, Ground Beef

A confirmed outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 occurred among people who had eaten cantaloupe or ground beef at a private home in Colorado.…Read More »

January 08 Agropecuraria Montelibano Cantaloupe 2008

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Cantaloupe

Cantaloupes grown in Honduras by the company, Agropecuraria Montelibano, were implicated in an outbreak of Salmonella Litchfield in the USA and Canada.…Read More »

December 07 California Private Home Cantaloupe 2007

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Cantaloupe

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Litchfield was linked to the consumption of cantaloupe that was eaten in private homes.…Read More »

July 07 Atlantic City Hotel Restaurant Fruit Salad and Green Salad 2007

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Produce Based Salad, Fruit, Red Grapes, Honeydew Melon, Cantaloupe Vegetables, Leafy Greens, Salad

Initially eleven cases of Salmonella Litchfield, a rare strain of Salmonella, were identified in five states during a five week time period through the Centers for Disease Control and Protection PulseNet system. Seven of the eleven cases had reporte…Read More »

June 06 Grocery Store, Health Care Facility, and Nursing Home Fruit Salad 2006

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Produce-Based Salad, Fruit, Honeydew Melon, Cantaloupe, Fruit Salad

Public health officials in New Hampshire identified a cluster of three Salmonella Oranienburg cases that matched by pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), a genetic fingerprinting technique. Two of the persons were co-workers at a long term care f…Read More »

July 05 Colorado Unknown Location Cantaloupe 2005

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Melon, Cantaloupe Beef, Ground Beef

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Newport occurred in Colorado. The vehicles of infection were cantaloupe and ground beef. The exposure location was not given. The circumstances of how these vehicles became contaminated were not described.…Read More »

May 05 Utah Private Home Cantaloupe, Barbequed Chicken, Corned Beef 2005

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Melon, Cantaloupe Poultry, Chicken, Barbeque Beef, Corned Beef

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis occurred in Utah among people who had eaten together in a private home. The vehicles of infection were described as cantaloupe, barbequed chicken, and corned beef. The circumstances behind how these fo…Read More »

August 03 Florida Unknown Location Cantaloupe, Pineapple, Bananas 2003

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Melon, Cantaloupe, Pineapple, Bananas

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus was associated with eating fruit, specifically cantaloupe, pineapple, or bananas, at an unknown location in Florida.…Read More »

May 03 Multistate Day Care Center or Private Home Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melon 2003

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Melon, Cantaloupe, Honeydew

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Muenchen was associated with eating cantaloupe or honeydew melon in day care center or private home.…Read More »

September 02 Washington State Church Cantaloupe, Grapes, Watermelon 2002

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Melon, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Watermelon

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Berta was associated with eating fruit, specifically cantaloupe, grapes, or watermelon, at a church in Washington state.…Read More »

March 02 Susie Cantaloupe Distributed by I. Kunik Company 2002

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Cantaloupe

This multistate, Salmonella Poona, outbreak was one of three outbreaks that occurred between 2000 and 2002 involving imported, Mexican cantaloupe. Ten of the cases occurred in Canada. These outbreaks led to an import alert on cantaloupes from Mexic…Read More »

December 01 Oregon Nursing Home or Restaurant Cantaloupe 2001

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Melon, Cantaloupe

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonellosis occurred in Oregon. The vehicle of infection was cantaloupe. The exposure locations were "nursing home, assisted living, home care" or restaurant.…Read More »

April 01 Viva Brand/Shipley Sales Cantaloupes 2001

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Cantaloupe

An outbreak of Salmonella Poona occurred among persons who had eaten Viva brand cantaloupe imported from Mexico; the outbreak was first discovered in California. Cantaloupes were purchased whole and pre-cut. The Salmonella Poona strain that was iso…Read More »

April 00 Cantaloupe 2000

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Cantaloupe

An outbreak of Salmonella Poona occurred among people who ate whole or pre-cut cantaloupe. This outbreak was one of three outbreaks that occurred between 2000 and 2002 involving imported, Mexican cantaloupe. These outbreaks led to an import alert on…Read More »

June 99 Iowa Restaurant Cantaloupe, Honeydew Melon, Watermelon 1999

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Melon, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Watermelon

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus was associated with eating cantaloupe, honeydew melon, or watermelon while at a restaurant in Iowa.…Read More »

December 98 Ontario, Canada, Cantaloupe 1998

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Cantaloupe

An outbreak of Salmonella Oranienburg occurred in Ontario, Canada. Cantaloupe consumption was a risk factor for illness.…Read More »

February 97 Imported Mexican Cantaloupe 1997

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Cantaloupe

Twenty four persons were known to be infected with a genetically identical strain of Salmonella Saphra. A case control study implicated the consumption of cantaloupe as a risk for illness. A traceback identified one growing region in Mexico as a so…Read More »

May 91 Cantaloupe 1991

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Cantaloupe, Fruit Salad, Salad Bars

During June and July, 1991, more than 400 laboratory-confirmed Salmonella Poona infections occurred in 23 states and Canada(Ontario, Newfoundland,Quebec, Saskatchewan). Illness was associated with eating cut up cantaloupe in salad bars or fruit sala…Read More »

January 90 Multistate Cut Up Cantaloupe 1990

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Cantaloupe, Cut, Salad Bar

A multistate (30 states, states not described) outbreak of Salmonella Chester was linked to the consumption of cut cantaloupe that had been served in salad bars.…Read More »

August 85 Wisconsin Unknown Location Cantaloupe 1985

  • Organism:
  • Campylobacter
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Melon, Cantaloupe

A confirmed outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni was associated with eating cantaloupe in Wisconsin. The exposure location was not available.…Read More »

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