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 17 2017 E. coli O157:H7 and E. coli O26 outbreak among Marine recruits, California

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7, Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • beef

In October 2017 an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 and E. coli O26 occurred among recruits at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego and the command's field training facilities at Edson Range, Camp Pendleton, California. Investigators identified 62 …Read More »

August 11 2011 E. Coli O157:H7 linked to Cozy Vale Creamery Raw, Unpasteurized Milk Products

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

Cozy Vale Creamery’s raw milk products were recalled due to their link to an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in Washington state that began in August. Cozy Vale Creamery’s whole and skim milk and cream were distributed through seven retail outlets in…Read More »

February 10 2010 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at Feltham Hill Infant & Nursery School, England

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

As many as 25 pupils at Feltham Hill Infant & Nursery School, in England, developed gastroenteritis. The day care program closed after two children were taken to the hospital. Thirteen illnesses were subsequently confirmed as E. coli O157:H7. On Fe…Read More »

December 09 Belgium, Wisconsin Neighborhood 2009

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

Children on Grand Avenue, in Belgium, Wisconsin, became ill due to E. coli O157:H7. The first illness developed in December; the second and third cases occurred in January. The two laboratory confirmed cases were siblings. The three children had cl…Read More »

October 09 National Steak and Poultry Company Beef Steak 2009

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

An outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 was associated with eating nationally distributed steaks that were produced by the National Steak and Poultry Company of Owasso, Oklahoma. The steaks were sold in restaurants and were blade tenderized by National Steak …Read More »

February 09 Cook County Kindercare 2009

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Person-to-Person

Twenty one children and a teacher developed E.coli O157:H7 due to poor handwashing and sanitation practices at the facility. E.coli can be spread from person-to-person when infected persons do not adequately wash their hands or clean diaper changing…Read More »

August 08 Aunt Mid's Produce Company Lettuce 2008

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

An outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 was associated with bagged, shredded or chopped, industrial-sized packages of iceberg lettuce sold through wholesale venues to restaurants and institutions. Bagged lettuce sold at grocery stores was not implicated. Th…Read More »

June 08 Barbeque Pit Steak and Seafood Restaurant 2008

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Top Sirloin

Beef served at the restaurant in Moultrie, Georgia, was the source of an E.coli O157:H7 outbreak. The restaurant purchased beef from Nebraska Beef, Ltd., a beef company which also supplied beef that had been linked to an E.coli outbreak in Michigan …Read More »

October 07 American Foods Group, LLC, Ground Beef 2007

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

American Foods Group, LLC, had processed ground beef that led to E. coli O157:H7 infections in 2 people in Illinois. Investigation by the Illinois Department of Public Health led to a recall of the tainted beef in November. The beef was produced on…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 »

October 05 2005 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at the Big Fresno Fair/Great American Petting Zoo, California

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

At least six children who attended the Big Fresno Fair and who had visited the petting zoo developed illnesses caused by the same strain of E.coli O157:H7. The petting zoo was operated by Great American Petting Zoo. United Site Services provided al…Read More »

July 05 Arizona Petting Zoo 2005

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

Two children were hospitalized due to infections with an identical strain of E.coli O157:H7. The only common link identified between the cbhildren was that they had both visited a petting zoo in Arizona. No common food or beverage was consumed by t…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 »

July 04 Charity Bike Race Church Dinner Spaghetti Sauce with Ground Beef 2004

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

Two physicians independently reported individual cases of E. coli O157:H7 to the Minnesota state health department on August 2. The case patients had participated in a recent charity bike ride from Brainerd to St. Joseph, Minnesota. A teammate of o…Read More »

July 02 2002 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to California Alfalfa Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Alfalfa

Five E. coli O157:H7 isolates with indistinguishable pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) patterns were identified and investigated in California. Risk of illness was attributed to the consumption of alfalfa sprouts. A traceback led back to a si…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 »

August 01 China Buffet Restaurant 2001

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Cross-contamination

Between August 24 and August 27, Minnesota local health departments noted a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 cases in Douglas and Pope County. All five cases required hospitalization due to the severity of the infection. Epidemiologists performed routine…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 »

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 »

June 98 1998 E. Coli O157:H7 Linked to Consumption of Cloverleaf Farm brand Cheese Curds 1998, Wisconsin

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

Eight laboratory confirmed E. coli O157:H7 cases in Wisconsin prompted an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. A case-control study found a strong association between illness and consumption of fresh cheese curds …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 »

June 97 1997 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Associated with Alfalfa Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Alfalfa

Outbreaks of E.coli O157:H7 occurred in Michigan and Virginia in June and July. Most of the cases shared the same genetic strain of E.coli O157:H7 and were phage type 32. Case control studies done independently in both states found that consumption…Read More »

October 96 1996 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Unpasteurized Apple Cider, Connecticut

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit Beverage, Juice, Apple Cider

The Connecticut Department of Public Health was notified about four laboratory confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection in residents of New Haven County. Additional case-finding was conducted, and with this effort, a total of eight cases had the…Read More »

November 94 Columbus Salame Company, Dry-Cured Salami 1994

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Luncheon Meat and Sausage, Not Ham, Dry-Cured Salami

An outbreak of of E.coli O157:H7 was first detected in King County, Washington, and was linked to the consumption of Columbus Salame Company, dry-cured salami. In King County, the initial cases had purchased the salame from the delicatessens of QFC,…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 »

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