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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December 16 2016-2017 Outbreak of Salmonella Dublin linked to Pride & Joy Dairy, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • raw milk

Washington health and agriculture agencies identified 3 cases of Salmonella Dublin linked to consumption of raw milk produced by Pride & Joy Dairy. The first case became ill on December 30, 2016. The last person became ill on November 28, 2017. Ill c…Read More »

March 16 2016 Outbreak of STEC linked to Consumption of Raw Milk, Golden Valley Guernseys, Virginia

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • raw milk

In March 2016 local and state public health, laboratory and agriculture agencies investigated an outbreak of non-O157 Shiga Toxin E. coli (STEC) among members of a herd share. Prior to symptom onset, ill persons consumed raw (unpasteurized) milk prod…Read More »

February 15 2015 Outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni linked to Claravale Farm brand raw milk, California

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

In March 2015 California public health investigators learned of 6 northern California residents who were diagnosed with Campylobacter jejuni as a result of consuming raw milk produced by Claravale Farm. Investigators isolated Campylobacter in multip…Read More »

March 12 2012 Oubreak of E. coli O157 Linked to Unpasteruized Cow's Milk, Missouri

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Raw Milk

In March 2012 the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157 linked to consumption of unpasteurized (raw) cow's milk produced by a Howard County dairy. Nineteen cases were identified …Read More »

January 12 2012 Outbreak of Campylobacter Linked to Commercially Available Raw Milk in California

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

From January through April 30, 2012 the California Department of Public Health reported that at least 33 people with campylobacter infection were identified in California. Ill patients reported consuming raw milk from two commercial dairies in Calif…Read More »

March 11 2011 Yersinia Linked to Brunton Dairy Pasteurized Milk and Ice Cream

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milk, Pasteurized

An outbreak of Yersinia enterocolitica was associated with drinking milk or eating ice cream made by the Brunton Dairy. Nine individuals in Beaver County and seven in Allegheny County were sickened (Pennsylvania). On August 26, it was revealed that …Read More »

December 08 2008 Melamine in Chinese Milk and Powdered Infant Formula

  • Organism:
  • Chemical
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milk Dairy, Powdered Infant Formula

For months, melamine was added to milk and powdered infant formula in China. Melamine is a chemical that is used to make plastics; it is high in nitrogen, which makes milk appear to have a higher protein content when tested. Addition of melamine int…Read More »

November 07 2007 Campylobacter Linked to Raw Milk

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

Unpasteurized milk purchased from a dairy in California was linked to an outbreak of Campylobacter. No Campylobacter was isolated from available milk samples. Campylobacter was isolated from cow feces collected at the dairy; this strain was a genet…Read More »

December 07 2007 Norovirus at a Connecticut Restaurant or Deli

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Egg dishes, Quiche Milk, Pasteurized

An outbreak of Norovirus was confirmed among patrons of a Connecticut restaurant or deli. Quiche and pasteurized whole milk were named as the vehicles of infection.…Read More »

May 06 2006 Campylobacter jejuni at California State Prisons Linked to Consumption of Spoiled Milk

  • Organism:
  • Campylobacter
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milk, Pasteurized

Spoiled milk was the likely vehicle that sickened inmates and employees at eleven state prisons between May 16 and 26. Over 1,600 inmates reported gastrointestinal symptoms prompting an investigation by the state health department. While, bacteria …Read More »

January 02 2002 Outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni Infections at a High School Athletic Team Dinner, Utah

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

An outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni occurred among student athletes who attended a dinner. Raw (unpasteurized) milk was served at the event, and people were aware that the milk was raw. The milk was a gift to support the team. At the time, the sta…Read More »

August 01 2001 E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Consumption of Unpasteurizd Goat Milk, Nanaimo, British Columbia

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milk, Unpasteurized, Goat, Raw Milk

Nubian goats owned by 18 families who ran a co-operative farm in Nanaimo, British Columbia, produced milk that was contaminated with E.coli O157:H7. The outbreak first affected the children of a family new to the co-operative. Later the children of…Read More »

October 98 1998 Yersinia Linked to Pasteurized Homogenized Milk, British Columbia, Canada

  • Organism:
  • Yersinia
  • Vehicle:
  • Milk, Pasteurized

A single brand of homogenized milk was associated with an outbreak of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis, serotype 1B, in British Columbia. The case control study identified the same brand of homogenized milk, pork, and fruit juice as possible risk factors…Read More »

December 92 1992 Campylobacter Linked to Raw Milk Served at a Church Picnic, Minnesota

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

An outbreak of Campylobacter occurred among people who drank raw milk served at a church picnic.…Read More »

March 84 1984 Salmonella Typhimurium Linked to Inadequately Pasteurized Milk, Kentucky

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milk, Pasteurized

A convent in Kentucky had its own dairy herd and pasteurized its own milk. In March, the convent began purchasing milk from another dairy farm in the area. This purchased milk was reportedly pasteurized at the convent, but tests suggested that the …Read More »

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