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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November 19 2019 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Associated with Evergreens Restaurants, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Leafy greens

In October 2019 Public Health Seattle King County (PHSKC) announced an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 associated with Evergreens restaurants in Seattle. Sixteen people developed symptoms consistent with an E. coli illness after consuming food from six …Read More »

October 19 2019 Multi-province Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections LInked to Romaine Lettuce Grown in Salinas

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Romaine lettuce

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) collaborated with federal and provincial partners, the U.S. CDC and U.S. health officials to investigate an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 linked to romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas Valley, California. Four …Read More »

September 19 2019 Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Romaine Lettuce Grown in Salinas Valley California

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Romaine lettuce

In November 2019 the CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an investigation of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses in multiple states. The implicated contaminated product was romai…Read More »

July 19 2019 Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce Grown in California's Central Coast Region

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Romaine Lettuce

On October 31, 2019 the FDA announced an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections likely linked to consumption of romaine lettuce. At the time of the announcement, the FDA declared the outbreak to be over. A total of 23 illnesses were reported from 12 …Read More »

March 19 2019 Outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup Infections Associated with Green Mill Restaurant, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • tomato, romaine lettuce

In April 2019 public health officials in Minnesota investigated an outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup infections associated with eating food from the Green Mill in Bloomington, Minnesota. Seven cases were identified including 5 laboratory confirmed ca…Read More »

October 18 2018 Multistate/Multiprovince Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Romaine Lettuce, United States and Canada

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Romaine Lettuce

On November 20, 2018 the CDC announced a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 linked to consumption of romaine lettuce. At the time of the announcement, investigators suspected romaine lettuce grown in California. As of November 9, 2018 there were …Read More »

March 18 2018 Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Romaine Lettuce

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • romaine lettuce

In April 2018 local, state and federal public health and agriculture agencies announced an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. On June 28, 2018 the CDC declared the outbreak over. A total of 21…Read More »

November 17 2017 Multistate/Multiprovince Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Leafy Greens, United States and Canada

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Leafy greens, romaine

At least 15 states reported 25 laboratory confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7 that appeared to be linked to consumption of leafy greens. Illnesses started on dates from November 05, 2017 through December 12, 2017. Among the 18 ill people for whom the …Read More »

September 17 2017 Outbreak of E. coli O26 in Multiple Counties, Colorado

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Six people residing in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver and Douglas counties, Colorado were laboratory confirmed with E. coli O26 between September 1, 2017 and October 15, 2017. One person was hospitalized. No one died. Three out of 6 cases consumed raw spina…Read More »

March 17 2017 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Linked to Romaine Lettuce

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Romaine lettuce

During April-June 2017, CDC, FDA and state public health partners investigated an outbreak (1704MLJEG-2) of 151 Salmonella Enteritidis infections reported from 36 states. Patients ranged in age from …Read More »

May 15 2015-2016 Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis linked to Dole Packaged Salads

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Salad, Leafy Greens

The CDC, FDA and several states investigated an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to consumption of packaged salads produced at the Springfield, Ohio processing facility. A total of 19 people residing in 9 states were infected by the outbrea…Read More »

April 15 2015 Outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup, Connecticut

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • produce

In April 2015 the Connecticut Department of Public Health investigated an outbreak of Salmonella linked to food served at a common food service establishment. A total of 14 cases 2343 identified - 10 confirmed cases and 4 probable. Among the 10 confi…Read More »

July 13 Outbreak of E. coli O157 at Frederico's Mexican Restaurant, July 2013

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

Maricopa County Department of Public Health investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 which occurred in July 2013. A total of 94 ill persons were identified. The source of the outbreak was traced to a single location of Federico's Mexican Restaura…Read More »

April 13 2013 Multi-state Outbreak of E. coli O26 Suspected to be Caused by Iceberg Lettuce

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Iceberg lettuce

In the spring of 2013 twenty six cases of E. coli O26 were reported by 13 states: Illinois (6), Minnesota (5), Wisconsin (3), Michigan (2), California (2) and Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, New Jersey, new York, Ohio, Washington and West Virginia, …Read More »

October 12 2012 Outbreak of E. coli O157 linked to Wegmans brand Organic Spinach and Spring Mix

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, leafy greens

In November 2012 the CDC and public health officials in several states and the FDA announced an investigation of E. coli O157 illnesses linked to consumption of Wegmans brand Organic Spinach and Spring Mix lettuce Mix produced by State Garden of Chel…Read More »

April 12 2012 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce, Canada and California

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

An outbreak of E. coli O157 was linked to romaine lettuce grown and distributed by Amazing Coachella Inc., which is the parent company of Peter Rabbit Farms, both based in Coachella, California. Health officials in New Brunswick, Canada identified at…Read More »

March 12 2012 Outbreak of Norovirus Associated with a Restaurant in Woodbury, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Lettuce

In March 2012 staff at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Washington County Public Health and Environment (WCPHE) investigated an outbreak of norovirus among patrons of a restaurant located in Woodbury, Minnesota. Implicated meal dates occu…Read More »

October 11 2011 Multistate Outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 Linked to Salad Bars

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

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was first identified in the region around Saint Louis, Missouri. Cases were found in Saint Louis, Jefferson, Saint Charles, and Saint Clair counties and in the city of Saint Louis. The cases ranged in age from 1 to 94…Read More »

April 10 2010 Multistate Outbreak of E. Coli O145 Linked to Freshway Foods Romaine Lettuce

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy Greens, Romaine, Lettuce

Cases of a genetically-identical strain of E. coli O145 were identified in the states of Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and New York. Illness onsets occurred between April 10 and 26. Several of the cases were students at Ohio State Univer…Read More »

January 10 Lollo Bionda Lettuce 2010

  • Organism:
  • Other, Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Lettuce, Lollo Bionda

At least eleven outbreaks of norovirus occurred, in January, in Denmark. Investigations showed that the outbreaks were caused by norovirus of several genotypes and by enterotoxigenic E.coli. Lollo Bionda lettuce was determined to be the vehicle of …Read More »

December 09 Wisconsin Church Lettuce 2009

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Leafy Greens, Lettuce

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus was associated with eating lettuce at a church in Wisconsin.…Read More »

October 09 Ontario Canada Wendy's Restaurant Lettuce 2009

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy Green, Unknown

At least four persons were sickened with E.coli as a result of eating at a Wendy's Restaurant in Fredericton. Public health officials were reported as saying that the outbreak was linked to salads that were prepared before October 27.…Read More »

September 09 2009 Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Church Brothers LLC Leafy Greens

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

In September, 2009, a cluster of patients who had been infected with an indistinguishable strain of E. coli O157:H7 was identified. Initially case-patients were identified in Colorado, Utah, and New York State. Additional case-patients were identif…Read More »

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