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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July 14 2014 Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Associated with Wawona Stone Fruit

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit

On July 19, 2014, Wawona Packing Company voluntarily recalled certain lots of stone fruits, including whole peaches, nectarines, plums, and pluots, because of concern about contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall was triggered by testi…Read More »

September 13 2013 to 2016 Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Frozen Vegetables

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • vegetables, frozen

In May 2016 the CDC, FDA and public health officials in several states announced an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes traced to frozen vegetables produced by CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington. Public health investigators used the PulseNet system…Read More »

June 12 2012 Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Cheese Sold at Whole Foods, Pennsylvania

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese, Pasteurized

The Allegheny County Health Department and Whole Foods Market announced that Jean Perrin Edel de Cleron cheese sold in the East Liberty Whole Foods Market store was linked to listeriosis in a 69 year old Westmoreland County man. The man fell ill on …Read More »

July 11 2011 Multistate Outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes Linked to Jensen Farms Rocky Ford Cantaloupe

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Cantaloupe

A multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes involving 5 distinct strains was associated with consumption of cantaloupe grown at Jensen Farms' production fields in Granada, Colorado. A total of 147 persons were reported to the CDC. Thirty three p…Read More »

June 10 2010 Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Sushi, Washington State

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Sushi

In 2010 public health investigators in Washington investigated an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes in two persons whose only common exposure was sushi at Restaurant "A". One person lived in King county and was ill in June 2010. The second person li…Read More »

June 08 2008 Outbreak of Listeriosis Infections Linked to Maple Leaf Consumer Foods Deli Meat, Canada

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Luncheon Meat, not ham

The Maple Leaf Consumer Foods of Canada had detected Listeria in its routine environmental testing at its Bartor Road plant sporadically in 2007 and early 2008. Beginning in June, 2008, illnesses began. By July 18, Maple Leaf Consumer Foods product…Read More »

June 06 2006 Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Taco or Nacho Salad, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Meat-Based Salad, Taco Salad, Nacho Salad

Two people became ill due to Listeria bacteria after eating "taco or nacho salad" at a restaurant in Minnesota. The salad ingredients were not described. The type of Listeria was not known.…Read More »

July 05 2005 Outbreak of Listeriosis in Onondaga County, New York

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

An outbreak of listeriosis was identified by New York health officials in Onondaga County. A total of six people fell ill. One person died. An investigation failed to find a common exposure, but the cases were linked through genetic sequencing of th…Read More »

October 00 2000 Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Homemade Mexican Style Cheese, North Carolina

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese, Unpasteurized, Raw Cheese

Twelve persons (eleven women; one immunocompromised man), all of Hispanic origen, developed infections caused by Listeria monocytogenes. Ten women were pregnant; these infections resulted in five stillbirths, three premature deliveries, and two infec…Read More »

May 00 2000 Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Cargill Deli Turkey

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Luncheon meat and Sausage, Turkey

A case-control study implicated sliced, processed, turkey deli meat in a multistate (11 state) outbreak. A traceback investigation identified a single processing plant in Texas as the likely source of the outbreak. The company recalled 16 million p…Read More »

January 98 1998 Multitate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Bil Mar Foods Ready-to-eat Meats

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Luncheon Meat and Sausage, Hot dog, Frankfurters, Deli Meats

Molecular subtyping helped to identify Listeria monocytogenes cases linked to a nationwide outbreak. Cases were eventually identified in 24 states. An initial case-control study implicated meat frankfurters, or hot dogs, as the likely source. A fo…Read More »

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