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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November 17 2017 Multistate/Multiprovince Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Leafy Greens, United States and Canada

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Leafy greens, romaine

At least 15 states reported 25 laboratory confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7 that appeared to be linked to consumption of leafy greens. Illnesses started on dates from November 05, 2017 through December 12, 2017. Among the 18 ill people for whom the …Read More »

October 12 2012 Outbreak of E. coli O157 linked to Wegmans brand Organic Spinach and Spring Mix

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, leafy greens

In November 2012 the CDC and public health officials in several states and the FDA announced an investigation of E. coli O157 illnesses linked to consumption of Wegmans brand Organic Spinach and Spring Mix lettuce Mix produced by State Garden of Chel…Read More »

April 12 2012 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce, Canada and California

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy Greens, Lettuce, Romaine

An outbreak of E. coli O157 was linked to romaine lettuce grown and distributed by Amazing Coachella Inc., which is the parent company of Peter Rabbit Farms, both based in Coachella, California. Health officials in New Brunswick, Canada identified at…Read More »

October 11 2011 Multistate Outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 Linked to Salad Bars

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy Greens, Lettuce, Romaine

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was first identified in the region around Saint Louis, Missouri. Cases were found in Saint Louis, Jefferson, Saint Charles, and Saint Clair counties and in the city of Saint Louis. The cases ranged in age from 1 to 94…Read More »

September 09 2009 Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Church Brothers LLC Leafy Greens

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy Greens, Romaine Lettuce, Iceberg Lettuce

In September, 2009, a cluster of patients who had been infected with an indistinguishable strain of E. coli O157:H7 was identified. Initially case-patients were identified in Colorado, Utah, and New York State. Additional case-patients were identif…Read More »

September 09 2009 Multistate outbreak of E. coli O157 linked to leaf lettuce

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Leafy Greens, Romaine lettuce

In September 2009 public health officials in Colorado, Minnesota, North Carolina, Iowa, Connecticut, and Missouri identified a cluster of patients with an indistinguishable strain of E. coli O157. The cluster was assigned 0910MLEXH-1. Two Colorado …Read More »

April 09 Multistate Pre-packaged Lettuce 2009

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Leafy Greens, Lettuce, Pre-packaged

A multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was associated with eating pre-packaged lettuce. The outbreak resulted in sixteen cases. A Minnesota state disease summary stated that cases were from a total of four states; the states were not identified. …Read More »

August 08 Aunt Mid's Produce Company Lettuce 2008

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy Greens, Packaged, Iceberg Lettuce

An outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 was associated with bagged, shredded or chopped, industrial-sized packages of iceberg lettuce sold through wholesale venues to restaurants and institutions. Bagged lettuce sold at grocery stores was not implicated. Th…Read More »

August 08 Multistate Unknown Location Spinach 2008

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy Greens, Spinach

A confirmed outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 occurred in the United States. The vehicle was described as spinach. The exposure location or states were not described. Concurrent with this outbreak was an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 involving Aunt Mid's b…Read More »

May 08 Northwest Fruit and Produce Inc. Bagged Lettuce 2008

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy Greens, Packaged, Lettuce

Bagged lettuce was implicated in an outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 in Washington state. Six cases were in Pierce county. These persons had eaten the lettuce in salads at Pacific Lutheran University and at the LaQuinta banquet facility. There were four…Read More »

June 07 2007 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at Little Rosie's Mexican Taqueria, Alabama

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy Greens, Shredded Lettuce Cross contamination

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 occurred at Little Rosie's Mexican Taqueria in Huntsville, Alabama. The source of the outbreak was believed to have been shredded lettuce which became contaminated at the restaurant.…Read More »

March 07 Kaua'i, Hawaii, Restaurants Mesclun Lettuce Mix From an Unnamed, Local Lettuce Farm 2007

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Leafy Greens, Mesclun lettuce mix

A confirmed outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 occurred among people who ate lettuce at restaurants on the island of Kaua'i, Hawaii. Mesclun lettuce mix was named as the vehicle of infection. The lettuce was grown on a local farm near a cattle ranch. Rec…Read More »

November 06 Taco Bell Restaurants Lettuce 2006

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy Greens, Shredded Lettuce, iceberg

An outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 occurred in the Northeastern United States. Ill persons ate at Taco Bell Restaurants. At first green onions were implicated by the Centers for Disease Control; later lettuce was suspected. Ill persons ate a variety of…Read More »

November 06 2006 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at Taco John's Restaurants Linked to Iceberg Lettuce

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy greens, Iceberg lettuce

Iowa and Minnesota health officials investigated an E.coli O157:H7 outbreak among patrons at Taco John's restaurants in Iowa(Cedar Falls) and Minnesota (Albert Lea and Austin). Although this outbreak occurred at the same time as the Taco Bell E.coli…Read More »

September 05 Dole Food Company Triple-Washed, Ready-to-Eat, Lettuce 2005

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy Greens, Packaged

In September, genetic fingerprinting test results for an E. coli O157:H7 isolate were posted by the state of Minnesota on the national PulseNet website. Later the state of Minnesota received additional reports of illness among persons who were found…Read More »

July 02 2002 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at a Spokane Dance Camp Linked to Lettuce

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy greens, Romaine lettuce

An outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 occurred among attendees of a dance camp held between July 11-14 on the campus of Eastern Washington University. The camp was for middle and high school girls. Attendees were from Washington, Montana, and Minnesota. S…Read More »

November 99 1999 Outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 at a Retirement Facility, Pennsylvania

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy greens, Romaine Lettuce Caesar Salad

In November, 1999, seven residents of a Pennsylvania retirement facility were hospitalized with E. coli O157:H7 infections. An investigation determined the outbreak was associated with eating romaine lettuce that had been prepared in one of the fac…Read More »

August 99 1999 Multistate Outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 at Restaurants and Private Home

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy Greens, Romaine Lettuce

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was associated with eating romaine lettuce in restaurants and in private home settings.…Read More »

February 99 1999 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Iceberg Lettuce at Golden Corral Steak House Iceberg Lettuce, Nebraska

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, leafy greens, lettuce, iceberg, head

People who ate at the Golden Corral Steak House restaurant, in Kearney County, Nebraska, during the last week of February became ill with E.coli O157:H7. Iceberg lettuce was implicated in the outbreak.…Read More »

May 96 Fancy Cutt Farms Mesclun Lettuce 1996

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Lettuce, Mesclun, Leafy Greens

This was the first reported multistate outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 associated with the consumption of lettuce. At first cases were identified in Connecticut and Illinois. Separate case control studies implicated the consumption of mesclun lettuce as…Read More »

November 95 Peel Memorial Hospital Iceberg Lettuce 1995

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy Greens, Iceberg Lettuce

Iceberg lettuce served at the Peel Memorial Hospital in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, between October 30 and November 1, was the implicated vehicle in an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7. The lettuce was a single box of imported iceberg lettuce. The kitche…Read More »

September 95 1995 Outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 Linked to Romaine Lettuce, Idaho

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy Greens, Romaine Lettuce

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 occurred among people who ate romaine lettuce in Idaho. The lettuce possibly was contaminated by a food handler. No other details were available.…Read More »

September 95 Cross Contamination of Iceberg Lettuce 1995

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Leafy Greens, Iceberg

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 occurred among people who attended a scout camp in Maine. Iceberg lettuce was named as the vehicle in the outbreak. It seemed possible that the lettuce was contaminated by raw hamburger juice.…Read More »

July 95 Leaf Lettuce 1995

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy Greens

Consumption of purchased leaf lettuce (i.e., red leaf, green leaf, bib, or romaine) was associated with an outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 in western Montana. The lettuces had been purchased from at least six grocery stores. These stores had received sh…Read More »

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