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 18 2018 Outbreak of Shiga Toxin E. coli Linked to Dungeness Valley Creamery Raw Milk, Washington

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • raw milk

On September 7, 2018 the Washington Department of Health issued a health alert notifying consumers of an outbreak of shiga toxin E. coli (STEC) linked to consumption of raw milk produced by Dungeness Valley Creamery raw milk. Lab results confirmed th…Read More »

September 16 2016-2017 Multistate Outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes Linked to Vulto Creamery Soft Cheese

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Cheese, soft

In early March 2017, public health and regulatory officials in several states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigated an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes (Listeria) infection…Read More »

December 16 2016 Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium Linked to Chapel Hill Creamery Cheese

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Cheese

In July 2016 North Carolina’s health department reported that 98 state residents have been confirmed with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium. Sixteen required hospitalization. Eight out-of-state residents were also sickened. All exposure…Read More »

November 14 2014 Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Snoqualmie Ice Cream, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Ice cream

Local and state public health officials in Washington State linked two patients diagnosed with listeriosis to products recalled by Snoqualmie Ice Cream Company. The two cases, both from King County, had serious medical conditions and became ill after…Read More »

August 14 2014 Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis at Cheesecake Factory, Boise, Idaho

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Whipped Cream

In August 2014, the Central District Health Department (CDHD) in Boise, Idaho investigated an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis among customers of the Cheesecake Factory located in Boise. Initially a cluster of 4 case patients infected with an indi…Read More »

June 12 2012 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney Linked to Sunland, Inc. Nut Butters

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Peanut Butter

On September 22, 2012 the CDC announced a multistate outbreak of Samonella serotype Bredeney (Cluster Code 1208MLJBX-1) linked to Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter. Collaborative efforts by local, state and federal public health and …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 »

November 11 2011 Outbreak of Staphylococcus Associated with Celebrity Bakery Cream Puffs, Guam

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Breads and Bakery, Cream Puffs, Dairy

An outbreak of Staphylococcus was suspected among those who had eaten cream puffs prepared by the Celebrity Bakery and served at a variety of social functions in Guam. At least 21 people became ill.…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 »

March 11 2011 Outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg Associated with DeFusco's Bakery Pastry Cream, Rhode Island

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Breads and Bakery

On March 26, 2011 the Rhode Island Department of Health announced an investigation into an outbreak of Salmonella linked to recalled baked goods produced by DeFusco's Bakery in Johnston, Rhode Island. The products were first recalled on March 25 whe…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 »

August 10 2010-2015 Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Soft Cheese Produced by Karoun Dairies, Inc.

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, cheese

On September 18, 2015 the CDC announced a multi-state outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to consumption of soft cheeses distributed by Karoun Dairies, Inc. Products were sold under the following brands: Karoun, Arz, Gopi, Queso Del Valle, Cen…Read More »

March 10 2010 Campylobacter Linked to Consumption of Adam Dean and Pasture Maid Creamery Unpasteurized, Raw Milk

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

The public was urged to dispose of dairy products produced by Pasture Maid Creamery in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. The raw milk from the dairy was tested and found to contain Campylobacter. The health department had received reports of Campylobac…Read More »

January 10 2010-2015 Listeriosis Linked to Blue Bell Ice Cream

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Ice Cream

Local, state, and federal investigators identified an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to consumption of ice cream manufactured by Blue Bell Creameries. As of April 8, 2015, a total of 10 patients infected with several strains of Listeria mo…Read More »

December 09 2009 Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis at a Private Home, California

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Breads and Bakery, Cream Puffs Dairy, Cream

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis was associated with eating cream puffs in a private home in California.…Read More »

September 09 2009 E. coli O157:H7 and Non-O157 E. coli Linked to Dungeness Valley Creamery Raw Whole Milk, Washington

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

An outbreak was linked to the consumption of raw, unpasteurized, whole milk produced by the Dungeness Valley Creamery. There were a total of three cases. There were two E. coli strains implicated. One strain was confirmed and was E. coli O121. Th…Read More »

August 09 Ohio Unknown Private Home Homemade Ice Cream 2009

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Ice Cream, Homemade

A confirmed outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was associated with eating homemade ice cream in a private home in Ohio. The specific ice cream ingredients were not described.…Read More »

January 09 Pasture Maid Creamery, LLC, Raw, Whole, Milk 2009

  • Organism:
  • Campylobacter
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, milk, whole milk, unpasteurized, raw milk

An outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni was associated with drinking raw milk purchased from Pasture Maid Creamery, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. The creamery sold raw milk directly to consumers who provided their own bottles. Public health personnel …Read More »

August 08 Missouri Other Location Pudding and Unpasteurized Whipped Cream 2008

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cream, Whipped, Unpasteurized, Raw Dairy Pudding

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella enterica I 4[5],12:i:- occurred among people who had eaten pudding and unpasteurized whipped cream. It was not stated whether the pudding contained eggs. The exposure location was described only as "other."…Read More »

August 08 Vermont Picnic and Private Home Raw Milk and Ice Cream 2008

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

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 occurred in Orleans County, Vermont, among people who had consumed unpasteurized milk or unpasteurized ice cream. The milk likely originated from a local producer. No milk was tested so no confirmation of the source w…Read More »

August 08 Family Gathering Homemade Ice Cream 2008

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Eggs, Raw, Ice Cream

An outbreak of Salmonella Hadar was associated with a family gathering held in a private home in Wisconsin. Although no food items were statistically associated with illness, homemade ice cream made with raw, unpasteurized eggs was suspected to be th…Read More »

July 08 Illinois Restaurant Sour Cream 2008

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Sour Cream

A confirmed outbreak of Clostridium perfringens occurred among people who had eaten sour cream at a restaurant in Illinois.…Read More »

July 08 Minnesota Private Home Ice Cream 2008

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Ice Cream

Two people developed infections due to Salmonella Heidelberg after eating homemade ice cream in a private home in Minnesota. It was not specified whether the ice cream contained eggs.…Read More »

February 08 California Restaurant Ice Cream 2008

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Ice Cream, Raw

A confirmed outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was linked to eating ice cream in a restaurant in California. It was not stated whether the ice cream was pasteurized.…Read More »

November 07 California Restaurant Ice Cream with Fresh Berries 2007

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Ice Cream Fruit, Berries

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus occurred among people who had eaten ice cream with fresh berries while at a restaurant in California.…Read More »

October 07 2007 Non-O157 STEC Linked to Consumption of Belgian Pasteurized Ice Cream

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Ice Cream, Pasteurized

People who had eaten ice cream produced and sold at a farm in Antwerp developed Verotoxin-producing E.coli (VTEC). The pasteurized ice cream was served at two birthday parties and at the farm. Two strains of E.coli were involved in this outbreak E.…Read More »

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