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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May 16 2016 Outbreak of Salmonella Linked to Sprouts Extraordinaire

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Alfalfa sprouts

Local, state and federal officials investigated an outbreak of Salmonella serotype Reading and Salmonella serotype Abony linked to consumption of alfalfa sprouts produced by Sprouts Extraordinaire of Denver, Colorado. On September 30, 2016 the CDC de…Read More »

December 16 2016 E. coli O157 Linked to Alfalfa Sprouts Produced by Jack & The Green Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157
  • Vehicle:
  • Sprouts, alfalfa

State, local and federal public health and regulatory officials investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157 linked to consumption of alfalfa sprouts produced by Jack & The Green Sprouts, Inc. of River Falls, Wisconsin. Eleven people were infected with t…Read More »

December 15 2015-16 Salmonella Outbreak linked to Sweetwater Farms Alfalfa Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Alfalfa Sprouts

The FDA, CDC, and state and local officials investigated a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Muenchen (25 persons) and Salmonella Kentucky (1 person) infections reported by 12 states. Eight people were hospitalized. No deaths were reported. Among p…Read More »

September 14 2014 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Enteriditis Linked to Wonton Foods Bean Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Sprouts, bean

On November 21, 2014 the CDC announced a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteriditis linked to consumption of bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc. On January 23, 2015 the CDC published the final update of the outbreak summary. As of that dat…Read More »

June 14 2014 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 »

May 14 2014 Outbreak of E. coli O121 Linked to Raw Clover Sprouts from Evergreen Fresh Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Sprouts, Clover Sprouts

On May 21, 2014 an outbreak of E. coli O121 linked to consumption of clover sprouts was announced by health officials in Washington and Idaho. On August 1, 2014 the CDC declared the outbreak over. In total 19 patients had been confirmed with E. coli…Read More »

December 11 Jimmy John's Restaurants Raw Clover Sprouts 2011

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Sprouts, Clover Sprouts

On February 15, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control first announced an ongoing investigation into illnesses linked to the consumption of raw clover sprouts consumed at Jimmy John's Restaurants in several states. The illnesses were caused by E. co…Read More »

June 11 France Sprouts Made From Egyptian Seed 2011

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Sprouts, Fenugreek, Mustard, Rucola

On June 24, France reported a cluster of cases of bloody diarrhea in a group of people who attended a community event held at a recreational center in Bègles, Bordeaux, on June 8. At least twelve participants developed bloody diarrhea or hemolytic u…Read More »

June 11 Evergreen Produce Alfalfa and Spicy Sprouts 2011

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Alfalfa, Spicy

In late June, Idaho health officials announced an investigation into an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis suspected to be caused by the consumption of contaminated alfalfa and spicy sprouts. Twenty five cases occurred in five states: Idaho; Washing…Read More »

May 11 International Outbreak Fenugreek Sprouts 2011

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Sprouts, Fenugreek

Beginning in May, an outbreak of E. coli O104:H4, an enterohemorrhagic E. coli, spread rapidly throughout northern Germany affecting mostly adults and females. On May 25, the Robert Koch Institut, Germany's disease control authority, advised the pub…Read More »

December 10 Sprouters Northwest/Jimmy John's Restaurants Clover Sprouts 2010

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Clover Sprouts

Sprouters Northwest of Kent, Washington, issued a product recall after the company's clover sprouts had been implicated in an outbreak of Salmonella Newport in Oregon and Washington. At least some of the cases had consumed clover sprouts while at a …Read More »

November 10 Multistate Outbreak, Tiny Greens Organic Farm, Jimmy John's Restaurants Alfalfa Sprouts 2010

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Sprouts, Alfalfa Sprouts, JPXX01.0621, JPXA26.0057

On December 17, the Illinois Department of Health announced that an investigation was underway into an outbreak of Salmonella, serotype I4,[5],12:i:-. Many of the Illinois cases had eaten alfalfa sprouts at various Jimmy John’s restaurants in the …Read More »

August 10 United Kingdom Raw or Undercooked Bean Sprouts 2010

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, sprouts, bean sprouts

Raw, or undercooked, bean sprouts were linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. The strains of Salmonella Bareilly isolated from case-patients were genetic matches to one another. Salmonella B…Read More »

March 10 Caldwell Fresh Foods Alfalfa Sprouts 2010

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Alfalfa Sprouts

A multistate outbreak of Salmonella Newport was attributed to the consumption of alfalfa sprouts. Genetic fingerprinting of the Salmonella Newport isolates from case-patients showed that they had a genetically identical strain of this bacteria. The…Read More »

August 09 Michigan Alfalfa Sprouts 2009

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Alfalfa Sprouts

Salmonella Typhimurium illnesses occurred among Michigan residents from Bay, Genesee, Kent, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties who had eaten raw alfalfa sprouts. The source of the sprouts was not described.…Read More »

April 09 Living Foods, Limited, and Sunsprout Natural Foods, Onion and Alfalfa Sprouts 2009

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Onion Sprouts Vegetable, Alfalfa Sprouts

Onion and alfalfa sprouts manufactured by Living Foods, Limited, Alberta, Canada, and Sunsprout Natural Foods, Brantford, Ontario, Canada, were suspected as the cause of an outbreak of Salmonella Cubana, a rare strain of Salmonella. The sprouts may …Read More »

February 09 CW Sprouts, Inc., SunSprout Sprouts 2009

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, alfalfa sprouts, onion sprouts, gourmet sprouts

In February, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services officials identified six isolates of Salmonella Saintpaul. Although this is a common strain of Salmonella, during 2008, only three cases had been detected in Nebraska and only four subtyp…Read More »

February 09 Multistate Private Home Alfalfa Sprouts 2009

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Alfalfa Sprouts

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Oranienburg was associated with eating alfalfa sprouts in multiple states in the United States. The specific states were not described.…Read More »

September 08 Jimmy John's Restaurant Alfalfa Sprouts and Iceberg Lettuce 2008

  • Organism:
  • Non-E.coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Alfalfa, Leafy Greens, Iceberg Lettuce Person-to-Person

Several University of Colorado students from one sorority became ill with symptoms of bloody diarrhea and cramping. Additional illnesses were reported. E.coli O157:NM(H-) was determined to be the cause. Consumption of alfalfa sprouts at the Jimmy …Read More »

July 08 Sprouters Northwest, Inc. Alfalfa Sprouts 2008

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Alfalfa Sprouts

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium was linked to the consumption of alfalfa sprouts produced by Sprouters Northwest, Inc. This company's sprouts were previously linked to an outbreak of Salmonella in 2004.…Read More »

April 08 New York Private Home Alfalfa Sprouts 2008

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenese
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Sprouts, Alfalfa

A confirmed outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes occurred among people who had eaten alfalfa sprouts at a private home in New York state.…Read More »

July 07 Sweden Alfalfa Sprouts 2007

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Alfalfa Sprouts

Alfalfa sprouts appeared to be the cause of an outbreak of Salmonella Stanley (51 cases) in Sweden. The sprouts had been obtained from a variety of stores and restaurants and had been distributed to these locations from a large-scale sprout producer…Read More »

May 07 California Restaurant and Private Home 2 Bean Sprouts 2007

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Sprouts, Bean Sprouts

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka was linked to eating bean sprouts in the state of California. No further details about this outbreak were found.…Read More »

February 07 California Restaurant and Private Home Bean Sprouts 2007

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Sprouts, Bean Sprouts

An outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo was linked to eating bean sprouts at a restaurant and a private home in California.…Read More »

February 06 Oregon Restaurant Bean Sprouts 2006

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Bean

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup occurred among people who ate bean sprouts at a restaurant in Oregon.…Read More »

November 05 Massachusetts Private Home Mung Bean Sprouts 2005

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Sprouts, Mung Bean Sprouts

Two people became ill due to Salmonella Braenderup after eating mung bean sprouts in a private home in Massachusetts.…Read More »

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