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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September 16 2016 Outbreak of Salmonella Linked to Costco Chicken Salad, Lynnwood, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Chicken salad

In September 2016, local, state, and federal agencies investigated an outbreak of Salmonella linked to consumption of rotisserie chicken salad purchased at the Costco Warehouse located at 18109 33rd Avenue West in Lynnwood, Washington. Among Washingt…Read More »

October 15 2015 Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Rotisserie chicken salad

The CDC, FDA, USDA and health officials in several states investigated a multi state outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157 linked to Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad. The outbreak was concentrated mostly in the western United States. Nineteen…Read More »

March 13 2013 Multistate Outbreak of Hepatitis A Linked to Townsend Farms Frozen Berries

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Berries, Pomegranate

On May 31, 2013 the CDC announced that public health investigators had identified an outbreak of acute hepatitis A attributed to consumption of frozen mixed berries produced by Townsend Farms. As of September 20, 2013 162 patients had been identified…Read More »

September 12 2012 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to XL Foods Inc. Beef Sold at Costco, Canada

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Steak

Following identification of 4 patients in Edmonton, Alberta in September 2012 who were infected with E. coli O157 after consuming steaks purchased at Costco and manufactured by XL Foods, Inc. public health investigators in Canada learned of additiona…Read More »

December 12 2012 Multistate Outbrea of Salmonella Thompson Associated with Dutch Smoked Salmon

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

An outbreak investigation of Salmonella Thompson possibly linked to smoked salmon manufactured by Dutch company, Foppen, was initiated in September 2012. At least 85 patients with a genetically indistinguishable strain of Salmonella serotype Thompson…Read More »

October 10 2010 Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Bravo Farms Dutch Style Gouda Cheese

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

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was linked to the consumption of Bravo Farms Dutch Style Gouda Cheese. The cheese was sold, and was provided as in-store samples, at Costco Wholesale Corporation outlets. Laboratory testing of two opened, and one unop…Read More »

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