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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October 13 2013 E. coli O157:H7 Among Patrons of The Porch Restaurant, Oakland, Pennsylvania

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • ground beef

In October 2013 Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) Health Department investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 among patrons of The Porch, a restaurant located in Oakland, Pennsylvania. Most of the customers who became sick consumed hamburgers. Howeve…Read More »

January 10 Adams Farm Slaughterhouse, LLC, Ground Beef 2010

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

Ground beef processed by the Athol, Massachusetts based Adams Farm Slaughterhouse, LLC., was recalled on January 11 after the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) confirmed a positive ground beef sample for E. coli O157:H7. The hamburge…Read More »

November 09 2009 Outbreak of Salmonella Newport Linked to Beef Packers, Inc., Cargill, Ground Beef, Arizona

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef

In December, Beef Packers, Inc., owned by Cargill, recalled over 20,000 pounds of ground beef contaminated with a drug-resistant strain of Salmonella Newport. The company issued an earlier recall in August, 2009, due to contamination of ground beef …Read More »

October 09 Crocetti's Oakdale Packing DBA South Shore Meats, Inc. at Camp Bournedale Ground Beef 2009

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

At least 20 students and chaperones from the Lincoln Middle School, in Rhode Island, suffered diarrhea after a trip to Camp Bournedale in Cedarville, Massachusetts. Two students tested positive for E. coli O157:H7. Two students were hospitalized for …Read More »

September 09 Fairbank Farms Ground Beef 2009

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Hamburger

A cluster of illnesses with matching strains of E.coli O157:H7 was investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and state health departments, Cluster ID #0910MAEXH-1. On October 31, a recall of over 500,000 pounds of beef products from Fairbanks …Read More »

May 09 2009 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Newport Linked to Beef Packers, Inc., Cargill, Ground Beef

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef

A Beef Packers, Inc. plant in California owned by Cargill, distributed approximately 830,000 pounds of ground beef that was likely contaminated with Salmonella Newport. The beef was shipped to distribution centers in Arizona, California, Colorado, a…Read More »

April 09 2009 Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to JBS Swift Company Ground Beef

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Hamburger

A multistate outbreak (Cluster ID # 0906WIEXH-1)was discovered involving ground beef produced by the JBS Swift Company. Most ill persons had consumed ground beef; many reported that it was undercooked. Samples from unopened packages of ground beef r…Read More »

July 08 R & S Meat Hamburger 2008

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Hamburger

A barbeque event at the Bay Club in Huntington, New York, was the source of E.coli O157:H7 for two families. A child from North Carolina had eaten a hamburger at the event and became ill three days later after returning to North Carolina. Another c…Read More »

July 08 S & S Foods at Goshen Boy Scout Camp Ground Beef 2008

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Hamburger

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7, in July and August, 2008, at a Boy Scout camp in Goshen, Virginia, was traced to contaminated hamburger meat. Investigations found that hamburger meat was produced and distributed by S & S Foods, LLC, of Azusa, Califo…Read More »

May 08 Nebraska Beef Ltd/Kroger Company Ground Beef May, 2008

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Hamburger

A multistate epidemiologic investigation into an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 began in Ohio. The data indicated a significant association between illness and eating ground beef purchased at one of several Kroger Company stores in Michigan and Ohio. A…Read More »

August 07 Interstate Meat Distributors Ground Beef 2007

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Hamburger

An outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 was detected in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska in August. The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a recall on ground beef processed by Interstate Meat Distributors. The contaminated meat was sold between Aug…Read More »

August 07 2007 Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Cargill Ground Beef Sold at Sam's Club Stores

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Hamburger

A multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 began in August and led to the eventual recall of 845,000 pounds of Cargill ground beef. Forty six cases were reported by 15 states. Interviews with the case-patients found a common exposure of Cargill hambu…Read More »

July 07 Topps Ground Beef Patties 2007

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Hamburger

A multistate outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 occurred among persons who had consumed the same brand of frozen ground beef patties. Ground beef patties recovered from patients' homes and from unopened packages of Topp's brand frozen ground beef patties yi…Read More »

April 07 2007 E. coli O157:H7 linked to Richwood Meat Company Little League Snack Shack Hamburgers

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

Three children developed illness caused by E.coli O157:H7 after eating hamburgers at the St. Helena and Calistoga Little League Fields. The hamburger lot was traced. It had been distributed to five western states. A recall was issued, but the detai…Read More »

October 05 Philly-Gourmet Meat Company Hamburger Patties 2005

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Hamburger Patties

A cluster of three E. coli O157:H7 cases in Saratoga County, New York, prompted an investigation by the local health department. The health department officials gathered food histories from the three cases and discovered that all three had eaten a h…Read More »

June 05 Virginia Bible Study Camp Dinner Hamburgers or Tomatoes 2005

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Hamburger Sandwich, Fruit, Tomatoes

A Bible study camp was stricken with Salmonella Hartford in June, 2005. The Augusta County camp served a dinner on June 28 that included hamburgers and tomatoes. Both of these foods were found to be significantly associated with infection. Health …Read More »

April 05 Flander's Provision Company Ground Beef 2005

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

The diagnosis of E. coli O157:H7 in two brothers in Colorado led to an investigation by the health department. Stool samples from the boys were tested using pulse-field gel electrophoresis and found to be genetic matches. The results led investigat…Read More »

February 05 United States Military Base Ground Beef Patties 2005

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Patties

The U.S. military base in Okinawa, Japan, treated three cases of E. coli O157:H7 in February. The joint investigation by U.S. and Japanese authorities ensued as these three cases were Japanese citizens. Two of the cases had purchased ground beef pa…Read More »

August 04 B & G Foods Ground Beef 2004

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

Six people in Galesburg, Illinois, came down with E. coli O157:H7 infection after consuming the same brand of ground beef in August. The US Department of Agriculture performed a traceback on the meat, but no recall was issued.…Read More »

July 04 Carneco Foods and Sam's Club Ground Beef 2004

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

Ground beef supplied to Sam's Club stores in Wisconsin and Minnesota led to an outbreak of E.coli O157:H7. Approximately 500,000 pounds of ground beef products were recalled. The ground beef had been produced by Carneco Foods of Columbus, Nebraska.…Read More »

February 04 Military Installation Ground Beef 2004

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

In February 2004, Japanese health workers investigated three cases of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection in a Japanese family associated with eating ground beef that had been purchased from a U.S. military commissary in Okinawa. The investigation res…Read More »

June 02 ConAgra Sold in Kroger Grocery Stores Ground Beef 2002

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

The Colorado Department of Health identified an outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 infections in Colorado residents. The strain of E.coli isolated from these ill persons was subsequently found to match strains of E.coli from other cases in Colorado and othe…Read More »

May 02 BJ's Wholesale Club Ground Beef 2002

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

Two children became ill after eating ground beef that had been purchased from BJ's Wholesale Club in West Nyack, New York. Leftover ground beef supplied by one child's family tested positive for E.coli O157:H7. Because the sample had already been t…Read More »

July 01 2001 E. Coli O157:H7 at a Colorado Prison Linked to Consumption of Ground Beef, Hamburger

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Hamburger

A confirmed outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was associated with eating ground beef, hamburger, in a Colorado prison.…Read More »

November 00 American Food Group and Supervalu Ground Beef 2000

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Hamburger

Minnesota health officials detected a group of people who were infected with the same strain of E.coli O157:H7. Most of the infected Minnesotans had consumed ground beef from SuperValu/Cub Food stores. A total of 42 cases were reported in Minnesota…Read More »

June 99 1999 Outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 Linked to Ground Beef, Washington

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

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was associated with eating ground beef in private homes in Washington state.…Read More »

April 98 Bauer Meats Ground Beef 1998

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Hamburger

A boy in Georgia became ill with E. coli O157:H7 after eating a hamburger at his school lunch. The meat was provided by Bauer Meats, a processing company. Following this illness, Bauer Meats recalled its ground beef products. Five months later, th…Read More »

August 97 Hudson Foods Ground Beef Patties and Burgers 1997

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

An outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections associated with eating a nationally distributed commercial brand of frozen beef patties and burgers was detected in Colorado. Genetic fingerprinting of the E.coli O157:H7 isolated from the ill perso…Read More »

June 95 Fast Food Restaurant Hamburgers 1995

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

An outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 was epidemiologically linked to eating hamburgers purchased from a fast food restaurant chain with outlets in Tennessee (2 outlets) and Georgia (1 outlet). Inspection of the outlets failed to find any deficiencies in co…Read More »

July 93 California Grocery Store Ground Beef 1993

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Hamburger

Ten cases (including three laboratory confirmed cases) of E.coli O157:H7 occurred in a small California community. These illnesses were traced to the consumption of hamburger that had been purchased from a local grocery store. E.coli O157:H7, phage…Read More »

November 92 Jack in the Box Restaurant Chain Ground Beef Hamburgers 1992

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

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was linked to the consumption of hamburgers from the Jack In The Box Restaurant chain. Cases were reported from the states of Washington(602 cases/144 hospitalizations/3 deaths), Idaho(14 cases/4 hospitalizations/no dea…Read More »

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