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 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 »

May 06 2006 Staphylococcus aureus at a Ottawa County Jail Linked to Powdered Milk

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milk, Powdered

Inmates at the Ottawa County Fillmore Complex jail, in Michigan, suffered gastrointestinal illness on May 17 after breakfast. An investigation found the vehicle to be powdered milk, that was improperly cooled after being mixed with hot water. This …Read More »

June 98 1998 Enterobacter sakazakii in Belgian Powdered Milk Formula

  • Organism:
  • Cronobacter sakazakii
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Infant Formula, Powdered

An outbreak of necrotizing enterocolitis, a condition in which a section of the bowel dies, occurred in a neonatal unit of a hospital in Belgium. Twelve infants became ill, and two died. Enterobacter sakazakii, also known as Cronobacter sakazakii, …Read More »

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