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 17 2017-2018 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo Infections Linked to Raw Sprouts Served at Jimmy John's

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Sprouts

On January 19, 2018 the CDC announced a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo linked to consumption of raw sprouts served at Jimmy John's restaurants in Illinois and Wisconsin. Ten people infected with the outbreak strain had been reported by …Read More »

December 15 2015-16 Salmonella Outbreak linked to Sweetwater Farms Alfalfa Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Alfalfa Sprouts

The FDA, CDC, and state and local officials investigated a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Muenchen (25 persons) and Salmonella Kentucky (1 person) infections reported by 12 states. Eight people were hospitalized. No deaths were reported. Among p…Read More »

September 14 2014 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Linked to Wonton Foods Bean Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Sprouts, bean

On November 21, 2014 the CDC announced a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis linked to consumption of bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc. On January 23, 2015 the CDC published the final update of the outbreak summary. As of that dat…Read More »

May 14 2014 Outbreak of E. coli O121 Linked to Raw Clover Sprouts from Evergreen Fresh Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Sprouts, Clover Sprouts

On May 21, 2014 an outbreak of E. coli O121 linked to consumption of clover sprouts was announced by health officials in Washington and Idaho. On August 1, 2014 the CDC declared the outbreak over. In total 19 patients had been confirmed with E. coli…Read More »

December 11 2011 Outbreak of E. coli O26 at Jimmy John's Restaurants Linked to Raw Clover Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Sprouts, Clover Sprouts

On February 15, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control first announced an ongoing investigation into illnesses linked to the consumption of raw clover sprouts consumed at Jimmy John's Restaurants in several states. The illnesses were caused by E. co…Read More »

April 09 2009 Outbreak of Salmonella Cubana Linked to Living Foods, Limited, and Sunsprout Natural Foods, Onion and Alfalfa Sprouts, Canada

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Onion Sprouts Vegetable, Alfalfa Sprouts

Onion and alfalfa sprouts manufactured by Living Foods, Limited, Alberta, Canada, and Sunsprout Natural Foods, Brantford, Ontario, Canada, were suspected as the cause of an outbreak of Salmonella Cubana, a rare strain of Salmonella. The sprouts may …Read More »

September 08 2008 E. coli O157 Linked to Jimmy John's Restaurant Alfalfa Sprouts and Iceberg Lettuce

  • Organism:
  • Non-E.coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Alfalfa, Leafy Greens, Iceberg Lettuce Person-to-Person

Several University of Colorado students from one sorority became ill with symptoms of bloody diarrhea and cramping. Additional illnesses were reported. E.coli O157:NM(H-) was determined to be the cause. Consumption of alfalfa sprouts at the Jimmy …Read More »

November 05 2005 Outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup Linked to Mung Bean Sprouts, Massachusetts

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Sprouts, Mung Bean Sprouts

Two people became ill due to Salmonella Braenderup after eating mung bean sprouts in a private home in Massachusetts.…Read More »

February 01 2001 Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis at Asian Restaurants and Other Restaurants Associated with Mung Bean Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Mung Bean Sprouts

Consumption of mung bean sprouts at Asian style restaurants in central Florida (April, 2001), southern and mid-coastal Maine (January, 2002), and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (February, 2001) was associated with illness caused by Salmonella Enteritidis,…Read More »

January 01 2001 Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Linked to Mung Bean Sprouts, Hawaii

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Mung Bean Sprouts

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis was linked to eating mung bean sprouts at a school in Hawaii.…Read More »

April 00 2000 Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Linked to Mung Bean Sprouts, Canada

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Mung Bean Sprouts

Twelve Salmonella Enteritidis phage type 11b were detected in Alberta and Saskatchewan by June. Eleven of the twelve cases had consumed meals at Vietnamese restaurants; seven different restaurants were cited. All of the cases had consumed mung bean…Read More »

August 99 1999 Outbreak of Salmonella Muenchen Associated with Alfalfa Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Alfalfa Sprouts

Alfalfa sprouts were first linked to Salmonella Muenchen illnesses in Wisconsin in September. Eventually six other states detected Salmonella Muenchen illnesses related to alfalfa sprout consumption. The food histories of the first 16 case patients…Read More »

June 98 1998 Outbreak of E. coli O157:NM Associated with Alfalfa and Clover Mixed Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Alfalfa, Clover Sprouts

An alfalfa and clover sprout mix was associated with an outbreak of E. coli O157:NM. A single sprout grower was one of several sprout sources for 25% of case-patients and was the sole source of sprouts for 75% of case-patients. The sprout grower ha…Read More »

September 97 1998 Outbreak of Salmonella Senftenberg and E. coli O157:NM Associated with Alfalfa-Clover Mixed Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella, Non-E.coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Alfalfa-Clover

A northern California sprout grower was implicated in a prolonged outbreak involving its alfalfa-clover mixed sprouts. The outbreak began with the identification of a cluster of Salmonella Senftenberg cases; the case control study showed that the co…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 »

December 95 1995 Outbreak of Salmonella Newport Associated with Alfalfa Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Alfalfa Sprouts

In December, 1995, one hundred thirty three Salmonella Newport infections in Oregon and British Columbia were linked to the consumption of alfalfa sprouts. In addition, 69 genetically identical, Salmonella Newport infections were noted in six other…Read More »

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