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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March 18 2018 Outbreak of Norovirus Linked to Oysters from British Columbia, California

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Raw oysters

On May 1, 2018 California Department of Public Health officials reported that approximately 100 individuals had reported illness after consuming raw oysters grown in British Columbia. Oysters were sold in restaurants and at retail stores. Laboratory …Read More »

December 13 2014 Outbreak of Salmonella Linked to Chia Seed Powder, Canada

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Chia seeds

Four strains of Salmonella - Newport, Hartford, Oranienburg, and Saintpaul were linked to illnesses in residents of four provinces in Canada in 2014. In total 52 cases were identified - 13 in British Columbia, 10 in Alberta, 26 in Ontario and 3 in Qu…Read More »

July 13 2013 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Gort's Cheese Products

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese

The Public Health Agency of Canada and provincial partners in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Quebec investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in 28 patients who consumed cheese products manufactured by Gort's Gouda Cheese Far…Read More »

July 12 2012 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup linked to Daniella brand mangoes, US and Canada

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, mangoes

On August 24, 2012 public health investigators in Canada announced an outbreak of Salmonella serotype Braenderup associated with consumption of Daniella brand mangoes. Canadian investigators reported 17 case patients in British Columbia and 5 cases …Read More »

December 11 2011 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to White Valley Grain Fed Beef Liver, Canada

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Liver

On August 10, 2011, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and White Veal Meat Packers (Est. 412) warned the public to avoid eating the company's grain fed veal liver because it may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. There had been reports of…Read More »

May 01 2001 Outbreak of Cyclospora cayetanensis Infections linked to Consumption of Thai Basil, British Columbia, Canada

  • Organism:
  • Cyclospora
  • Vehicle:
  • Herb, Fresh Basil, Thai Basil

An outbreak of Cyclospora cayetanensis gastroenteritis was identified in British Columbia, Canada and was epidemiologically linked to the consumption of Thai basil. No cyclospora were identified in the samples of basil that were tested. Thai basil i…Read More »

November 99 1999 E. coli O157:H7, Fleetwood Sausage Company, British Columbia, Canada

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Luncheon Meat and Sausage, Salami

Over a twelve week period, 143 cases of genetically indistinguishable, E.coli O157:H7 were identified in British Columbia, Canada. Salami was implicated as the food vehicle. The salami had been produced by Fleetwood Sausage Company. Fleetwood Sausa…Read More »

August 99 1999 Outbreak of Salmonella Associated Alfalfa Sprouts, Canada

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

Alfalfa sprouts were identified as the cause of an outbreak of Salmonella Paratyphi. A total of 51 cases were reported with 43 in Alberta, six in British Columbia, and two in Saskatchewan. Six opened packages of alfalfa sprouts were taken from case…Read More »

October 98 1998 Yersinia Linked to Pasteurized Homogenized Milk, British Columbia, Canada

  • Organism:
  • Yersinia
  • Vehicle:
  • Milk, Pasteurized

A single brand of homogenized milk was associated with an outbreak of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis, serotype 1B, in British Columbia. The case control study identified the same brand of homogenized milk, pork, and fruit juice as possible risk factors…Read More »

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