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 17 2017 Outbreak of Shigella Linked to Souplantation, Camarillo, California

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In June 2017 Ventura County public health officials investigated and outbreak of Shigella linked to the Souplantation Restaurant located in Camarillo, California. Twelve persons including a restaurant employee were diagnosed with Shigella. Five of th…Read More »

December 16 2016-2017 Outbreak of Trichinellosis Linked to Consumption of Privately Raised Raw Boar Meat, California

  • Organism:
  • Trichinella
  • Vehicle:
  • Wild boar

California public health officials investigated an outbreak of trichinellosis among persons who attended a private celebration on December 28, 2016. Several pork dishes were served, including larb, a traditional Laotian raw pork dish. The event hosts…Read More »

August 15 2015 Outbreak of Norovirus, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Simi Valley, California

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • unknown

In August 2015 Ventura County Environmental Health and Ventura County Public Health Division staff investigated an outbreak of norovirus among patrons of a Chipotle restaurant located in the Simi Valley Towne Center. During the week of August 18, 201…Read More »

June 12 California Pizza Kitchen Norovirus Outbreak, June 2012

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • unknown

A California Pizza Kitchen located in Walnut Creek, California was temporarily shut down after a norovirus outbreak made more than 60 diners sick according to Contra Costa County Health Department officials. Ill persons ate at the restaurant between…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 10 2010 Gastrointestinal Illness at a Wedding Reception Held at the Light of the Gospel Church Wedding Reception, Roseville, California

  • Organism:
  • Unknown
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Dozens of people became ill during a wedding reception held at the Light of the Gospel Church, in Roseville, California. The illnesses were thought to be due to food poisoning; the vehicle of infection was not available by October 3. At least six re…Read More »

November 09 2009 Salmonella Enteritidis at a California Restaurant Linked to Homemade Tartar Sauce, Mayonnaise, and Vegetable-Based Salads, Egg Ingredient

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Eggs, Egg Sauce, Mayonnaise, Tartar Vegetables Salads

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis was associated with eating homemade tartar sauce or mayonnaise or vegetable-based salads in a restaurant. These items had been contaminated by the egg that was used as an ingredient.…Read More »

October 08 2008 Outbreak of Salmonella Javiana at a Multi-Site Day Care Center, California

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Watermelon

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Javiana occurred among people who had eaten watermelon at a multi-stie day care center progam in California. The day care centers were served by a central kitchen. The likely origin of the outbreak was an infected…Read More »

May 08 2008 Outbreak of Campylobacter Linked to Alexandre Eco Farms Dairy Unpasteurized Milk

  • Organism:
  • Campylobacter
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milk, Unpasteurized, Raw Milk

A cluster of campylobacter cases occurred in Del Norte County, California. One of the hospitalized cases was diagnosed with acute motor axonal neuropathy, a form of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare complication of campylobacter infection. Guillain-Bar…Read More »

May 08 2008 Salmonella enteritidis at a California Restaurant or Private Home, Unknown source

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis occurred among people who had eaten at a restaurant or in a private home in California. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

May 08 2008 Outbreak of Norovirus at a Restaurant and School, California

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus occurred among people who had eaten at a school and at a restaurant in California. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

April 08 2008 Outbreak of Hepatitis A linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill Restaurant, California

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Persons who dined at the restaurant, located in La Mesa, California, between March 1 and April 22, 2008, developed hepatitis A. Restaurant employees were tested for hepatitis A subsequent to the outbreak and had no evidence of recent hepatitis A infe…Read More »

April 08 2008 Outbreak of Hepatitis A Linked to Romaine Lettuce, California

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Leafy Greens, Romaine Lettuce

A confirmed outbreak of Hepatitis A was linked to eating romaine lettuce in California. The exposure locations were described as restaurant or "other."…Read More »

February 08 2008 Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis at Private Home, California

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Eggs, Cookie Dough

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Enteriditis occurred among people who had eaten raw, cookie dough in a private home in California.…Read More »

November 07 2007 Outbreak of Norovirus at a Fair, Temporary Mobile Service, California

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Mexican Food

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus occurred among people who had eaten Mexican-style food while attending a fair in California. The specific Mexican-style foods were not described.…Read More »

November 07 2007 Salmonella Enteritidis at a private home, California

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, Turkey Grain, Macaroni and Cheese Dairy, Cheese

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis was linked to the consumption of turkey or macaroni and cheese at a private home in California.…Read More »

August 07 2007 Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Linked to Hollandaise Sauce, California

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Egg, Egg Sauce, Hollandaise

Diners at Neal and Amy Fraser's BLD restaurant fell ill with Salmonella Enteritidis after eating dishes containing Hollandaise sauce. The restaurant had not pasteurized the eggs by heating them to 145 degrees Farenheit.…Read More »

December 06 2006 Salmonella enteritidis at a Restaurant/Banquet Facility, California

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Potato Breads and Bakery, Stuffed Potato Puffs

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis was associated with eating stuffed potato puffs at a restaurant, or a banquet facility, in California. The ingredients were not described.…Read More »

September 06 2006 Salmonella Enteritidis at a California Restaurant and School

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Mexican Food, Mexican-Style Foods

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis was associated with eating Mexican-style foods at a restaurant and at a school in California.…Read More »

August 06 2006 Outbreak of Lung Fluke, California

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Shellfish, Crab, Uncooked

In Orange County, California, two people were hospitalized with a parasitic lung fluke, or worm. This lung fluke is present in crab harvested in Asia and South America. A food history questionnaire revealed both had consumed live Sawagani, or Regal…Read More »

August 06 2006 Outbreak of Salmonella Newport at a Banquet Facility, California

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Potato, Boiled Potatoes

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Newport was associated with eating boiled potatoes at a banquet facility in California.…Read More »

July 06 2006 Salmonella Heidelberg Associated with Milkshakes, California

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milkshake

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg was associated with drinking milkshakes at a restaurant in California. The milkshake ingredients were not described.…Read More »

July 06 2006 Outbreak of Norovirus Linked to Watermelon, California

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Watermelon

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus occurred among people who had eaten watermelon in California. The exposure location was described only as "other."…Read More »

March 06 2006 Salmonella Heidelberg Linked to Burritos, California

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Sandwich, Burrito

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg occurred among people who had eaten burritos at a restaurant in California. The burrito filling was not described.…Read More »

June 04 2004 Botulism at a California Prison linked to Pruno

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit Beverage, Pruno

Five inmates in a California prison developed botulism after drinking an alcoholic drink, "pruno." The "pruno" was a drink concocted by the inmates. Pruno was made from bread crusts, fruit scraps and potato peels which were fermented to make an al…Read More »

August 97 1997 Salmonella enteritidis linked to cheesecake, Los Angeles, California

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Eggs, Egg Dish, Cheesecake

Thirteen people associated with a Los Angeles, California, Girl Scout troop came down with Salmonellosis after eating at a group meal. The illness were linked to raw egg yolks and whites in a cheesecake made at the meal. The eggs had been cooked in…Read More »

June 84 1984 Campylobacter jejuni Linked to Consumption of Certified Raw Milk

  • Organism:
  • Campylobacter
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milk, Unpasteurized, Raw Milk

Kindergarten children and adults visited a certified raw milk bottling plant in southern California where they were given ice cream, kefir, and milk. A few days later several of them became ill due to infections caused by Campylobacter jejuni.…Read More »

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