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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September 13 2013-2014 Listeria 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 »

August 13 2014 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. As of February 21, 2014 there were 8 confirmed cases in two states, …Read More »

June 13 Les Freres Cheese Listeriosis Outbreak, June 2013

  • 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 Listeriosis in Westmoreland County (PA) Patient Linked to Cheese Sold by Whole Foods, 2012

  • 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 Forever Cheese Ricotta and Listeriosis, March-October 2012

  • 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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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 »

November 00 North Carolina Queso Fresco 2000

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

Health care workers in Winston-Salem noted a cluster of listeriosis cases during early November; three cases in two weeks. The resulting investigation found a total of twelve cases. All were Hispanic. Ten of the cases were pregnant, one was five m…Read More »

October 00 North Carolina Homemade Mexican Cheese 2000

  • 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 »

January 85 Jalisco Products, Inc., Queso Fresco and Cotija Cheeses 1985

  • 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 »

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