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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May 17 2017 Clostridium Botulinum, Valley Oak Food & Fuel, Walnut Grove, California

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Nacho cheese

In May 2017 ten people were diagnosed with botulism after eating nacho cheese sauce sold at Valley Oak Food and Fuel gas station located in Walnut Grove, California. All 10 case-patients were laboratory confirmed with C. botulinum toxin type A. All p…Read More »

March 17 2017 Clostridium Botulinum linked to Deer Antler Tea, California

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Deer antler tea

In March 2017 two residents of Orange County, California were diagnosed with botulism linked to consumption of US Deer Antlers Exports and Imports Inc. herbal teal products. The company recalled the tea pouches which were sold to acupuncturists and i…Read More »

June 16 2016 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Illicit Alcohol in a Federal Correctional Facility, Mississippi

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Homemade alcoholic beverage

In June 2016 state and federal investigators identified an outbreak of Botulism among inmates at a federal prison facility located in Yazoo City, Mississippi. Investigators traced the outbreak to consumption of illicitly made alcohol commonly referre…Read More »

February 16 2016 Outbreak of Clostridium botulinum, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Home-canned food

In February 2016 two people living in the same household in Grant County, Washington died of symptoms caused by Clostridium botulinum toxin. The public health investigation was challenging due to language and cultural barriers as well as the inabilit…Read More »

April 15 2015 Outbreak of Botulism at a Church Potluck, Ohio

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • potato, home canned

A deadly botulism outbreak occurred among persons who attended a church potluck held on April 19, 2015 at the Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church located in Lancaster, Ohio. At least 80 people attended the post-service meal at the church. Twenty o…Read More »

November 12 2012 Botulism in an Arizona prison

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Pruno

During November 24-27, 2012 the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) was notified that 8 male inmates of prison "A" had been hospitalized for suspected botulism. Serum samples from all 8 inmates tested positive for botulinum type A. Seven of …Read More »

July 12 2012 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Home Canned Beets, Oregon

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Beets

Three attendees at a private gathering in Oregon were hospitalized in July 2012 after eating home canned beets. The beets had not been canned properly. The beets had been placed into jars, heated in a boiling water bath, and then stored at room tem…Read More »

April 12 Canada Lotus Catering and Fine Foods Fesikh Grey Mullet 2012

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Finfish, Grey Mullet

A salted and cured fish product (fesikh) was likely contaminated by Clostridium botulinum. The product, whole fesikh mullet, was sold from Lotus Catering and Fine Food, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The three cases ate the fish at a gathering on April …Read More »

March 12 2012 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Bulk Tofu, Flushing, New York

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Tofu

On March 30, the New York City Health Department announced that it had confirmed one case of botulism and suspected another case. Tofu was suspected to be the outbreak vehicle. Both cases are Chinese-speaking, Queens, New York, residents. They had p…Read More »

October 11 2011 Clostridium Botulinum at a Utah State Prison Linked to Pruno

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Prison Made Drink, Pruno, Fruit, Alcohol

Inmates of a Utah State Prison developed botulism after drinking pruno. Pruno is a drink made from various fruit, potato, bread, water, table scraps, and sugar which is then fermented to make alcohol. Making pruno in prison is a violation of prison…Read More »

October 11 2011 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Gaudiano Organic Olives Stuffed with Almonds, Finland

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Olives

An elderly woman in Helsinki, Finland, died and an adult family member of the same household became ill, due to botulism, after eating from the same jar of almond-stuffed, organic olives. Botulinum toxin was found in the opened jar by the Finnish Nat…Read More »

January 11 2011. Multistate Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Improperly Stored, Commercially Produced Potato Soups

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Other Commercially Processed Food, Soup, Potato

In January and April 2011, two persons developed botulism after eating commercially produced, potato soups. The potato soups had been produced by two companies. One person purchased their potato soup on December 7, 2010, from a refrigerated case i…Read More »

December 11 2011 Botulism Linked to Watermelon Jelly, British Columbia, Canada

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Jelly, Watermelon

On March 8, 2011, the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control told the public not to eat Jamnation brand, watermelon jelly. The warning resulted from an investigation into a case of botulism in a resident of Vancouver Island. The jelly had been…Read More »

September 09 2009 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Vacuum-Packed Hot-Smoked Whitefish, France

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Finfish, Whitefish

Three members of the same French family developed botulism after eating a vacuum-packed whitefish. The fish had been purchased by the family, on August 22, during a recent visit to Finland and was consumed several weeks after purchase. No leftover …Read More »

April 09 2009 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Home Canned Tuna, California

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Finfish, Tuna, Canned Tuna

Two people were hospitalized due to Botulism after eating home canned tuna in California.…Read More »

November 08 2008 Clostridium botulinum Associated with Consumptionof Seal Oil, Alaska

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Sea Mammal, Game, Seal Oil

Two people developed botulism after eating seal oil in a private home in the southwest region of Alaska.…Read More »

November 08 2008 Botulism Outbreak Linked to Consumption of Muktuk, Alaska

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Sea Mammal, Game, Whale, Muktuk

One person developed botulism after eating muktuk in the interior region of Alaska. Muktuk is whale skin and blubber.…Read More »

August 08 2008 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Seal Oil, Alaska

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Sea Mammal, Game, Seal

Two people developed botulism after eating seal oil at home.…Read More »

July 08 2009 Botulism, Private Home, Alaska

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

One person developed botulism in the Gulf Coast Region of Alaska. The exposure location was described as private home. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

June 08 2009 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Seal Meat/Oil

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Sea Mammal, Seal, Game, Seal Meat, Seal Oil

Two people developed Botulism after eating seal meat or seal oil in a private home in the Southwest Region of Alaska.…Read More »

May 08 2008 Clostridium botulinum Linked to Seal Meat, Alaska

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Sea Mammal, Game, Seal

Two people developed Botulism after eating seal meat and oil at a private home in Alaska. The preparation of the seal was not described, but incomplete or improper fermentation of marine mammals is a common cause of botulism poisoning in Alaska.…Read More »

June 07 2007 Multistate Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Other Commercially Prepared Food, Sauce, Hot Dog Chili Sauce, Chili, Beans

In early July, public health officials in Texas and Indiana reported to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) four persons (2 adults; 2 children who were siblings) who had developed cranial palsies and symmetric, descending, flaccid paralysis. These…Read More »

May 07 2007 Outbreak of Botulism at a Private Home Linked to Seafood, Alaska

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood

A confirmed outbreak of Botulism occurred at a private home in Alaska. Seafood was named as the vehicle of infection although the type, or preparation of, the seafood was not given.…Read More »

March 07 2007 Outbreak of Botulism at a Private Home, Alaska

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown, Ethnic Dish

Two people developed botulism after eating an ethnic dish in Alaska. This was a confirmed outbreak.…Read More »

December 06 2006 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Chicken Broth, Nevada

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Commercially Prepared Food, Chicken broth

A Nevada couple presented symptoms of botulism poisoning at a Washoe County hospital. This was reported to the county health department for further investigation. A food history was taken and officials took food samples from the couples house. A c…Read More »

November 06 2006 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Homemade Tofu, California

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Grain, Soybean, Tofu

Health officials in Orange County responded to a report of potential botulism poisoning in two adults. The case-patients, who were treated at a local hospital, experienced neurological symptoms for over a week. Physicians treated them for botulism …Read More »

October 06 2006 Botulism Outbreak at a Private Home, Alaska

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown Ethnic

A confirmed outbreak of Botulism occurred among people who had eaten in a private home in Alaska. The vehicle of infection was described only as an ethnic style food.…Read More »

September 06 2006 Multistate Outhreat of Botulism Linked to Bolthouse Farms, Inc. Brand Carrot Juice

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Other Commercially Prepared Beverage, Juice, Carrot

Three patients from Washington County, Georgia, went to a local hospital on September 8 with cranial nerve palsies and progressive, descending, flaccid paralysis resulting in respiratory failure. The patients had shared meals on September 7. When t…Read More »

March 06 Thai Home-Canned Bamboo Shoots 2006

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Bamboo shoots

At an annual religious rite in Nawaimai village, Nan province, Thailand, villagers became ill and sought medical care. The illnesses progressed to include bulbar muscle paralysis, with respiratory depression requiring ventilatory support. At that t…Read More »

January 06 2006 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Home Canned Carrots, California

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Carrots

Two people developed botulism after eating home canned carrots in a private home.…Read More »

December 05 California Salmon 2005

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Finfish, Salmon

Two people were hospitalized with botulism poisoning in Los Angeles, California. The ill, an elderly man and his grandson, lived in the same residence and reported eating the same dishes. Health department investigators tested food items left in th…Read More »

August 05 2005 Outbreak of Botulism Poisoning Linked to Fermented Salmon, Alaska

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Finfish, Salmon

Two villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta experienced outbreaks of botulism poisoning in August. The Alaskan Native villages both had prepared salmon using traditional methods of fermentation. This process, when not complete, can lead to growth of …Read More »

July 02 2002 Botulism Linked to Whale Muktuk, Alaska

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Game, Whale

In mid July, a fishing village on the Bering Sea butchered a beached whale believed to have been dead for several weeks. Members of the village consumed "muktuk," the skin and pink blubber layer of the whale. Of the fourteen who ate muktuk, eight c…Read More »

August 01 2001 Botulism Linked to Sheriff Blaylock’s Best Chili, Texas

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Other Commercially Processed Food, Grains, Beans, Chili

An outbreak of botulism occurred among people who ate chili that was served at Sanger's Holy Temple Church of God in Denton County, Texas, in late August. Botulism was identified in specimens collected from case patients and from event leftovers. B…Read More »

January 01 2001 Outbreak of Botulism linked to Fermented, Beaver Tail and Paw, Alaska

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Game, Beaver

The Alaska Division of Public Health received reports of a cluster of Botulism poisoning cases coming from one village. Those affected had all consumed fermented beaver tail and paw meat. This is a customary food for many Alaskan Natives. The case…Read More »

December 99 1999 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Home Prepared Garlic in Oil

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Sauces/Dressings/Oils, Garlic in Oil

A mother and her adult daughter were hospitalized with laboratory confirmed, botulism after eating home bottled, garlic infused, oil. The daughter's husband became ill two days later. A neighbor prepared the garlic in oil for presents without acidif…Read More »

November 97 1997 Botulism After Consumption of Home-Pickled Eggs, Illinois

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Eggs, Pickled eggs

On November 23, 1997, a previously healthy man became nauseated, vomited, and complained of abdominal pain. During the next 2 days, he developed double vision, difficult movement of joints, and respiratory impairment. He was hospitalized and placed …Read More »

June 94 1994 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Homemade Beef Stew, Oklahoma

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Beef Stew

An Oklahoma resident was hospitalized in Arkansas for progressive dizziness, blurred vision, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, and nausea. On examination the patient was found to have ptosis, extraoculuar palsies, facial paralysis, palatal weak…Read More »

April 94 1994 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Potato-Based and Eggplant-Based Dips, Texas

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Potato Dip, Eggplant Dip

An outbreak of botulism occurred among restaurant patrons who ate potato or eggplant dip on April 8 or 9. Baked potato was used to make the two dips served at the Greek style restaurant in El Paso, Texas. The potatoes were baked in aluminum foil an…Read More »

October 93 1993 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Commercial Cheese Sauce, Georgia

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Sauce, Cheese

Eight persons developed botulism after eating at a delicatessen on October 1. All eight case-patients had eaten a barbecue stuffed potato. An open can of cheese sauce that was used to make the potatoes contained type A botulinum toxin and yielded C.…Read More »

August 93 1993 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Commercially, Roasted Eggplant in Oil, Italy

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Eggplant in Oil

Seven cases of type B botulism from two unrelated outbreaks in different communities in Italy occurred in August and October. Clostridium botulinum, type b, had been isolated from the stool of some of the ill persons. Based on food histories, comme…Read More »

December 93 1993 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Homemade Carrot Juice, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit or Vegetable Juice, Carrot Juice

In Washington state, one person developed botulism after drinking home-made carrot juice.…Read More »

December 90 1990 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Consumption of Palani Fish, Hawaii

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Fish, Palani

Beginning July 20, three members of the same family developed botulism after eating palani fish. Palani is a reef, scavenger, fish eaten by local residents. The palani was cooked on a grill on the day of purchase from a retail fish market. Two of …Read More »

December 89 1989 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Commercially Sold Chopped Garlic in Oil, New York

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Other Commercially Processed Food, Dressing, Garlic in Oil

Three people developed botulism after eating a commercially sold, chopped garlic in oil. The product had been made at sometime between 1985 and 1987. Chemical or acid additives were not used in the manufacture. Although the product was supposed to…Read More »

November 87 1987 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Gold Star Smoked Fish Salted Whitefish, New York City

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Fish, Whitefish, Finfish

A Russian immigrant and his 9-year old son were admitted to a New York City area hospital with botulism symptoms on November 2. The father's stool specimen contained type E, botulinum toxin. The man had purchased a whole, ungutted, salted, air-drie…Read More »

February 87 1987 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Restaurant Canned Chantarelle Mushrooms, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Fungi, Mushrooms

An outbreak of botulism occurred among persons who ate canned, chantarelle, mushrooms. The mushrooms were an ingredient in dishes prepared by the Five Sails Restaurant, at the Pan Pacific Hotel, in Vancouver, Canada. The mushrooms had been canned by…Read More »

December 87 1987 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Homemade Cabbage Salad Dressing

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Cabbage Salad, cole slaw

Four circus performers in Sarasota, Florida developed botulism after eating coleslaw made with prepackaged shredded cabbage and coleslaw dressing purchased three weeks earlier. The coleslaw dressing contained cabbage and carrot pieces. Preformed bo…Read More »

July 85 1985 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Sandwiches Sold at a Restaurant in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Other Commercially Processed Food, Herbs and Spices, Garlic in Oil

The White Spot Restaurant, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, was the source of two discrete clusters of botulism cases during the latter half of summer 1985. Eight cases were recognized in the first cluster, which followed a meal at the restau…Read More »

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