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 Multistate 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 »

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 »

March 10 2010 Multistate 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 »

February 09 2009 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Oranienburg Linked to Alfalfa Sprouts

  • 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 »

July 08 2008 Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium Linked to Alfalfa Sprouts Produced by Sprouters Northwest, Inc.

  • 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 2008 Outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes Linked to Consumption of Alfalfa Sprouts, New York

  • 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 »

April 04 2004 Outbreak of Salmonella Bovismorbifans Linked to Sprouters Northwest, Inc. and Sunshine Sprouts Alfalfa Sprouts

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

Alfalfa sprouts that were sold to various institutional settings in Washington and Oregon were linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Bovismorbificans. Twelve cases were linked to alfalfa sprouts sold by Sprouters Northwest, Inc., and one case was link…Read More »

April 04 2004 Outbreak of E. coli O157:NM Linked to Alfalfa Sprouts at Georgia Restaurant

  • Organism:
  • Non-E.coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Alfalfa

Two people were confirmed to be infected with E. coli O157:NM (H-) after eating alfalfa sprouts at a restaurant in Georgia.…Read More »

November 03 2003 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Chester Linked to Consumption of Alfalfa Sprouts

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

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Chester occurred among people who had eaten alfalfa sprouts at restaurants in the United States. The involved states were not described.…Read More »

July 03 2003 Outbreak of E. coli O157:NM Associated with Alfalfa Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Alfalfa Sprouts

An outbreak of E.coli O157:NM occurred in Colorado. Illness was associated with eating alfalfa sprouts. The E.coli O157:NM strain matched a strain that had been implicated in an outbreak in Minnesota in January. The same seed distributor was ident…Read More »

March 03 2003 Outbreak of Salmonella Linked to Harmony Farms Sprouts

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

Alfalfa, onion, and salad sprouts were recalled by Harmony Farms, a fresh sprout producer in Washington state. Two outbreaks of Salmonella in March (Salmonella Saintpaul) and November (Salmonella Chester) affected nine and thirteen people, respectiv…Read More »

January 03 2003 Outbreak of E. coli O157 Linked to Consumption of Alfalfa Sprouts at a Minnesota Restaurant

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7, Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Alfalfa Sprouts

In February, a cluster of E.coli O157:H7 (4 cases) and E. coli O157:NM (3 cases) was detected in Minnesota. Illness appeared to be associated with eating alfalfa sprouts served at restaurants although two of the cases appeared to be caused by second…Read More »

July 02 2002 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to California Alfalfa Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Alfalfa

Five E. coli O157:H7 isolates with indistinguishable pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) patterns were identified and investigated in California. Risk of illness was attributed to the consumption of alfalfa sprouts. A traceback led back to a si…Read More »

March 01 2001 Outbreak of Salmonella Kottbus Linked to Fuji Natural Foods of Ontario Alfalfa Sprouts

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

The California Department of Health Services identified a cluster of infections caused by Salmonella Kottbus. Using a standard food history questionnaire, alfalfa sprouts were determined to be the only probable cause of the infections. More cases w…Read More »

September 99 2009 Outbreak of Salmonella Linked to Alfalfa Sprouts, Michigan

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

An outbreak of Salmonellosis(unknown serotype) occurred in Michigan among people who had eaten alfalfa sprouts. The exposure location was not described.…Read More »

January 99 1999 Outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka Linked to Consumption of Hydro Harvest Ltd Alfalfa Sprouts

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

Contaminated alfalfa sprout seeds from California were implicated in an outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka. The seeds were sprouted by five sprout producers and then sold. Only sprouts from two of the sprout producers resulted in illness. The sproute…Read More »

October 97 1997 Outbreak of Salmonella Meleagridis Linked to Alfalfa Sprouts, Alberta, Canada

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

In October, 1997 in Alberta, Canada, an outbreak of S. Meleagridis infections was linked to eating alfalfa sprouts. The outbreak strain was also isolated from retail product. During the same period, cases of S. Meleagridis infection with the same p…Read More »

February 97 1997 Outbreak of Salmonella Linked to Consumption First Harvest Alfalfa Sprouts

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

An outbreak of Salmonella serotypes Infantis and Anatum, which occurred from February through June, 1997, in Kansas and Missouri, was associated with eating contaminated alfalfa sprouts produced by a local sprouter, First Harvest. On the basis of ep…Read More »

May 96 1995 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Linked to Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Alfalfa, Clover, Alfalfa-radish mix, Alfalfa-clover mix

Sprouts from a northern California sprouter were implicated in an outbreak of Salmonella Meleagridis. This same sprouter was associated with a simultaneous outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo involving its alfalfa sprouts. The outbreak strain of Salmo…Read More »

May 96 1996 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo Linked Alfalfa Sprouts

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

A northern California sprout grower was linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo. This same sprouter was associated with a simultaneous outbreak of Salmonella Meleagridis involving its alfalfa and mixed sprouts. Salmonella Montevideo was neve…Read More »

February 96 1996 Outbreak of Salmonella Stanley Linked to Consumption of Alfalfa Sprouts, Virginia

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

A physician who provided medical care at two Lexington, Virginia universities reported 14 laboratory confirmed cases of Salmonella Stanley among students at the two schools. The ten students at University A had eaten most of their meals at the univ…Read More »

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