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 18 2018 Multistate/Multiprovince Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Romaine Lettuce, United States and Canada

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

On November 20, 2018 the CDC announced a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 linked to consumption of romaine lettuce. At the time of the announcement, investigators suspected romaine lettuce grown in California. As of November 9, 2018 there were …Read More »

March 18 2018 Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Romaine Lettuce

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • romaine lettuce

In April 2018 local, state and federal public health and agriculture agencies announced an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. On June 28, 2018 the CDC declared the outbreak over. A total of 21…Read More »

March 17 2017 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Linked to Romaine Lettuce

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Romaine lettuce

During April-June 2017, CDC, FDA and state public health partners investigated an outbreak (1704MLJEG-2) of 151 Salmonella Enteritidis infections reported from 36 states. Patients ranged in age from …Read More »

May 15 2015-2016 Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis linked to Dole Packaged Salads

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Salad, Leafy Greens

The CDC, FDA and several states investigated an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to consumption of packaged salads produced at the Springfield, Ohio processing facility. A total of 19 people residing in 9 states were infected by the outbrea…Read More »

July 13 Outbreak of E. coli O157 at Frederico's Mexican Restaurant, July 2013

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • lettuce

Maricopa County Department of Public Health investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 which occurred in July 2013. A total of 94 ill persons were identified. The source of the outbreak was traced to a single location of Federico's Mexican Restaura…Read More »

March 12 2012 Outbreak of Norovirus Associated with a Restaurant in Woodbury, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Lettuce

In March 2012 staff at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Washington County Public Health and Environment (WCPHE) investigated an outbreak of norovirus among patrons of a restaurant located in Woodbury, Minnesota. Implicated meal dates occu…Read More »

October 11 2011 Multistate Outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 Linked to Salad Bars

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

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was first identified in the region around Saint Louis, Missouri. Cases were found in Saint Louis, Jefferson, Saint Charles, and Saint Clair counties and in the city of Saint Louis. The cases ranged in age from 1 to 94…Read More »

September 09 2009 Multistate outbreak of E. coli O157 linked to leaf lettuce

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Leafy Greens, Romaine lettuce

In September 2009 public health officials in Colorado, Minnesota, North Carolina, Iowa, Connecticut, and Missouri identified a cluster of patients with an indistinguishable strain of E. coli O157. The cluster was assigned 0910MLEXH-1. Two Colorado …Read More »

October 08 2008 Outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 Linked to Romaine Lettuce, Canada

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

Johnathan's Family Restaurant in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, was implicated in an outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 involving romaine lettuce. This outbreak was one of four, concurrent, restaurant-associated outbreaks in Ontario, Canada. The E.coli O157:…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 08 2008 Outbreak of Campylobacteriosis at a Private Home, Colorado

  • Organism:
  • Campylobacter
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Lettuce

A confirmed outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni occurred among people who had eaten homegrown lettuce while at a private home in Colorado.…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 »

June 07 2007 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at Little Rosie's Mexican Taqueria, Alabama

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy Greens, Shredded Lettuce Cross contamination

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 occurred at Little Rosie's Mexican Taqueria in Huntsville, Alabama. The source of the outbreak was believed to have been shredded lettuce which became contaminated at the restaurant.…Read More »

June 07 2007 Outbreak of Norovirus Linked to Lettuce-based Salads, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Leafy Greens, Lettuce-based Salads

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus occurred among patrons of a restaurant in Washington state. Lettuce-based salads were named as the vehicle of infection.…Read More »

August 06 2006 Outbreak of Norovirus at a Restaurant Linked to Lettuce, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Produce-Based Salads, Lettuce-Based Salads

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus occurred among people who had eaten lettuce-based salads at a restaurant in Washington state.…Read More »

March 05 2005 Outbreak of Norovirus Linked to Lettuce, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Lettuce Food Worker

Five groups of people, who ate at a Rochester, Minnesota, restaurant, between March 3 and March 7, reported gastrointestinal illnesses to the Minnesota Department of Health. The groups had eaten at separate events that had been catered by the restau…Read More »

July 02 2002 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at a Spokane Dance Camp Linked to Lettuce

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy greens, Romaine lettuce

An outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 occurred among attendees of a dance camp held between July 11-14 on the campus of Eastern Washington University. The camp was for middle and high school girls. Attendees were from Washington, Montana, and Minnesota. S…Read More »

November 99 1999 Outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 at a Retirement Facility, Pennsylvania

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy greens, Romaine Lettuce Caesar Salad

In November, 1999, seven residents of a Pennsylvania retirement facility were hospitalized with E. coli O157:H7 infections. An investigation determined the outbreak was associated with eating romaine lettuce that had been prepared in one of the fac…Read More »

August 99 1999 Multistate Outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 at Restaurants and Private Home

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

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was associated with eating romaine lettuce in restaurants and in private home settings.…Read More »

September 95 1995 Outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 Linked to Romaine Lettuce, Idaho

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

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 occurred among people who ate romaine lettuce in Idaho. The lettuce possibly was contaminated by a food handler. No other details were available.…Read More »

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