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 Raw Oysters, Canada

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Raw Oysters

In March/April 2018 Canadian public health authorities investigated an outbreak of norovirus linked to consumption of raw oysters. As of April 27, 172 cases had been reported by 3 provinces: British Columbia (132), Alberta (15), and Ontario (25). No…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 »

September 12 2012 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to XL Foods Inc. Beef Sold at Costco, Canada

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

Following identification of 4 patients in Edmonton, Alberta in September 2012 who were infected with E. coli O157 after consuming steaks purchased at Costco and manufactured by XL Foods, Inc. public health investigators in Canada learned of additiona…Read More »

August 12 Stanhope Beach Resort and Norovirus, 2012

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Public health officials in Prince Edward Island, Canada reported an outbreak of norovirus among guests at the Stanhope Beach Resort located near Covehead, P.E.I. More than 200 persons were ill after attending weddings held at the resort in late Augu…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 »

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 »

March 12 2012 Outbreak of Salmonella at a school in Ottawa, Canada

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef Poultry, Chicken, Halal Tacos Meat Lasagna

A Salmonella outbreak in Ottawa, Canada, sickened at least 40 children and 10 adults. At least three children were hospitalized. The illnesses were connected with eating at the following schools and daycare programs: Tiny Hoppers Day Care; Steve Ma…Read More »

December 12 Fredericton, New Brunswick E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak, July 2012

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157
  • Vehicle:
  • undetermined

Four cases of E. coli O157:H7 were reported in Fredericton, New Brunswick in July 2012. Three of the 4 cases were hospitalized. Provincial health department investigators were working to determine the source.…Read More »

October 11 2011-2012 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Linked to Diamond Brand Dog Food

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Pet food

On April 2, 2012 the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development detected Salmonella Infantis in an unopened bag of Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal and Rice dry dog food, which had been collected March 14, 2012 during routine retail testing. …Read More »

April 11 2011 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Amira Enterprises Raw Shelled Walnuts, Canada

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Nuts, Walnuts

On April 4, the Public Health Agency of Canada announced that an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 had occurred in the provinces of Quebec, Ontario, and New Brunswick. Several people had consumed raw shelled walnuts; walnuts were suspected as the vehicle …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 »

September 09 2009 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Vacuum-Packed Hot-Smoked Whitefish, France

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Finfish, Whitefish

Three members of the same French family developed botulism after eating a vacuum-packed whitefish. The fish had been purchased by the family, on August 22, during a recent visit to Finland and was consumed several weeks after purchase. No leftover …Read More »

December 09 2009 Trichinosis Linked to Consumption of Grizzly Bear Meat, Canada

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Game, Bear

Five French travellers ate grizzly bear meat while visiting Northern Canada. They had been on a Northwest Passage sailing expedition in the Artic. Members of another Northwest Passage sailing expedition ate some of the same grizzly bear meat; two p…Read More »

October 08 2008 Outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 at Little Red Rooster Restaurant Ontario

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Lettuce, Romaine

The owners of Little Red Rooster Restaurant, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, closed the restaurant in October after an outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 was discovered. This outbreak was one of four, concurrent, outbreaks of E.coli O157:H7 occurri…Read More »

October 08 2008 Outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 at M. T. Belllies Restaurant, Canada

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Lettuce, Romaine

An outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 was associated with eating at M.T. Bellies Restaurant, Welland, Ontario, Canada. This was one of four, concurrent, restaurant-associated, outbreaks of E.coli O157:H7 that occurred in Ontario, Canada. Romaine lettuce wa…Read More »

June 05 2005 Outbreak of Cyclospora Infections Linked to Fresh Basil, Quebec, Canada

  • Organism:
  • Cyclospora
  • Vehicle:
  • Herbs and Spices, Fresh Basil

An outbreak of Cyclospora cayetanensis was associated with eating fresh basil at a restaurant in Quebec. The basil originated from a Mexican farm and was used to prepare an uncooked appetizer.…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 »

April 00 Canada Walkerton Water 2000

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7, Campylobacter
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Municipal

An outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 and Campylobacter was identified by the Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Health Unit, Ontario, Canada, in May, 2000. While most of the ill lived in Walkerton, a number of the ill lived in outlying communities. The water supply wa…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 »

February 87 1987 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Restaurant Canned Chantarelle Mushrooms, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Fungi, Mushrooms

An outbreak of botulism occurred among persons who ate canned, chantarelle, mushrooms. The mushrooms were an ingredient in dishes prepared by the Five Sails Restaurant, at the Pan Pacific Hotel, in Vancouver, Canada. The mushrooms had been canned by…Read More »

December 85 Southern Ontario Well Water Contamination 1985

  • Organism:
  • Campylobacter
  • Vehicle:
  • Water

An outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni occurred in a farming community in southern Ontario. The outbreak occurred when spring run-off and heavy rains led to well water contamination. One conclusion of the investigation was that intensive surveillance …Read More »

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