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

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Cheese

In July 2016 North Carolina‚Äôs 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 »

September 13 2013-2014 Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Oasis Brands Cheese

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

In August and October 2014 Oasis Brands, Inc. voluntarily recalled several cheese due to contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall was triggered by product testing conducted by the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services. …Read More »

August 13 2013-2014 Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Soft Cheese Produced by Roos Foods

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese, Fresh

In February 2014 the CDC announced a multi-state outbreak of listeriosis linked to consumption of soft or semi-soft Hispanic-style cheese produced by Roos Foods of Kenton, Delaware. There were 8 confirmed cases in two states, Maryland and California.…Read More »

July 13 2013 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Gort's Cheese Products

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

The Public Health Agency of Canada and provincial partners in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Quebec investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in 28 patients who consumed cheese products manufactured by Gort's Gouda Cheese Far…Read More »

June 13 2013 Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Les Freres Cheese

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Cheese

On July 3, 2013 the Minnesota Department of Health announced an outbreak of listeriosis linked to eating Les Freres cheese made by Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics Cheese, a Wisconsin producer. Two people in Minnesota were ill with onsets in early …Read More »

March 13 2013 Salmonella Typhimurium linked to homemade unpasteurized fresh cheese, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, cheese, unpasteurized, raw

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the City of Minneapolis investigated an outbreak of Salmonella linked to consumption of homemade unpasteurized cheese also known as queso fresco in May 2013. MDH co…Read More »

September 12 2012 Outbreak of Norovirus at a Workplace Meeting, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Ill foodhandler

In September 2012 Minnesota Department of Health staff investigated an outbreak of norovirus among co-workers who ate food provided by a restaurant located in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. The meal date was September 18. No other foods were provided by a…Read More »

June 12 2012 Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Cheese Sold at Whole Foods, Pennsylvania

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese, Pasteurized

The Allegheny County Health Department and Whole Foods Market announced that Jean Perrin Edel de Cleron cheese sold in the East Liberty Whole Foods Market store was linked to listeriosis in a 69 year old Westmoreland County man. The man fell ill on …Read More »

April 12 2012 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens at a Kent County, Michigan Jail Linked to Rice and Cheese

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Grain, Rice Dairy, Cheese

About 250 inmates being held at the Kent County Jail in Grand Rapids, Michigan, developed food poisoning symptoms starting April 15. The cause for the illnesses was determined to be a dish of rice and cheese. It had been prepared in large quantitie…Read More »

March 12 2012 Multistate Outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes Linked to Forever Cheese Ricotta

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese, Ricotta

On September 10, 2012 Forever Cheese, Inc. recalled all Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand, Forever Cheese lot #T9425 and/or production code 441202 due to an outbreak of listeriosis linked to the product. On November 21, 2012 the CDC declared the outbre…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 »

October 09 2009 Outbreak of microsporidia, Enterocytozoon bieneusi, in Sweden

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • cucumber, cheese sandwiches, salad

In October 2009 an outbreak of a foodborne microsporidia occurred among 135 persons hotel guests and staff in Varmland County, Sweden. Enterocytozoon bieneusi was identified in stool samples submitted by 7 of 11 patients. A restropective cohort stud…Read More »

June 09 2009 Outbreak of Bacillus cereus at a School, Connecticut

  • Organism:
  • Bacillus cereus
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Pasta Dishes, Macaroni and Cheese

A confirmed outbreak of Bacillus cereus was associated with eating macaroni and cheese at a school in Connecticut.…Read More »

April 09 2009 Outbreak of Bacillus cereus Associated with Macaroni and Cheese, Connecticut

  • Organism:
  • Bacillus cereus
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Pasta Dishes, Macaroni and Cheese Dairy, Cheese

A confirmed outbreak of Bacillus cereus was associated with eating macaroni and cheese at a school in Connecticut.…Read More »

February 07 2007 Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium Linked to Unpasteurized, Raw Milk and Cheese, Pennsylvania

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milk, Unpasteurized, Raw Milk Dairy, Cheese, Unpasteurized, Raw Cheese

In February, the Pennsylvania Department of Health received reports of two laboratory-confirmed infections of Salmonella Typhimurium. The isolates matched by pulse-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), a genetic fingerprinting technique, and the patient…Read More »

August 06 2006 Outbreak of Salmonella Newport Linked to Fruit, Pizza and Cheese, New York

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Melon, Honeydew, Plum Pizza Dairy, Cheese

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Newport occurred in New York state. The exposure locations were restaurant, private home, or other location. The vehicles of infection were honeydew melon, plum, pizza, and cheese.…Read More »

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