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Odwalla Apple Juice 1996

In the fall of 2006, a cluster of E.coli O157:H7 infections in the US(California, 26 cases; Colorado, 5 cases; Washington, 29 cases) and British Columbia, Canada(10 cases), was linked to the consumption of a broadly distributed, commercially sold, highly regarded, unpasteurized apple juice. The juice was produced at a state-of-the-art facility. Once the outbreak was detected and additional case finding occurred, the product was recalled and a traceback investigation ensued. E.coli O157:H7 was detected in apple juice samples and matched the strain of E.coli O157:H7 that had been isolated from ill persons. Three lots of apples could have been the source of the contamination. Deer had grazed in the orchards where two of the lots had originated. Fecal samples from the deer were found to contain E.coli O157:H7, however this strain of E.coli O157:H7 was different from the strain that was implicated in the outbreak. The third lot consisted of decaying apples that had been waxed. The outbreak resulted in changes in the fresh juice industry, and in many states, resulted in special labeling requirements for fresh juices.

Tags:
  • Outbreak began:
  • September 1996
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • California
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Fruit Beverage, Juice, Apple
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • Many
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Odwalla
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Yes
  • Total ill:
  • 70
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 25
  • Any Deaths:
  • Yes
  • Number Dead:
  • 1

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