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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December 17 2017-2018 Outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo Infections Linked to Raw Sprouts Served at Jimmy John's

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Sprouts

On January 19, 2018 the CDC announced a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo linked to consumption of raw sprouts served at Jimmy John's restaurants in Illinois and Wisconsin. Ten people infected with the outbreak strain had been reported by …Read More »

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 Enteritidis Linked to Wonton Foods Bean Sprouts

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

On November 21, 2014 the CDC announced a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis 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 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 »

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 2011 Outbreak of E. coli O26 at Jimmy John's Restaurants Linked to Raw Clover Sprouts

  • 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 2011 Outbreak of E. Coli O104:H4 Linked to Fenegruk Sprouts, France

  • 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 2011 Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Linked to Consumption of Evergreen Produce Alfalfa and Spicy Sprouts

  • 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 2011 Outbreak of E. coli O104:H4 Linked to Fenugreek Sprouts

  • 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 2010 Outbreak of Salmonella Linked to Jimmy John's Restaurants and Sprouter's Northwest Clover Sprouts

  • 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 2010 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella, Tiny Greens Organic Farm, Jimmy John's Restaurants Alfalfa Sprouts

  • 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 2010 Outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly Linked to Consumption of Bean Sprouts, United Kingdom

  • 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 2010 Outbreak of Salmonella Newport Associated with 2010 Outbreak of Salmonella Newport Associated Caldwell Fresh Foods Alfalfa Sprouts

  • 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 2009 Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium Linked to Alfalfa Sprouts, Michigan

  • 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 2009 Outbreak of Salmonella Cubana Linked to Living Foods, Limited, and Sunsprout Natural Foods, Onion and Alfalfa Sprouts, Canada

  • 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 2009 Outbreak of Salmonella Linked to CW Alfalfa Sprouts, Inc., SunSprout Sprouts

  • 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 »

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