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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January 08 2008 Outbreak of Diarrhea Suspected to be Caused by Lectin, China

  • Organism:
  • Toxin
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Beans, Kidney Beans

More than 300 Chinese workers became ill in Shenzhen after eating at the factory canteen. They all ate chinese cabbage and kidney beans for lunch. Undercooked kidney beans contain a toxin, called lectin, which could cause diarrhea if the beans are …Read More »

December 08 2008 Melamine in Chinese Milk and Powdered Infant Formula

  • Organism:
  • Chemical
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milk Dairy, Powdered Infant Formula

For months, melamine was added to milk and powdered infant formula in China. Melamine is a chemical that is used to make plastics; it is high in nitrogen, which makes milk appear to have a higher protein content when tested. Addition of melamine int…Read More »

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