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USA – CDC List of Foodborne Outbreaks

CDC E.coli O157

When two or more people get the same illness from the same contaminated food or drink, the event is called a foodborne disease outbreak. The list on this page primarily represents multistate foodborne outbreak investigations since 2006 where CDC was the lead public health agency. For a complete listing of reported outbreaks please use the Foodborne Outbreak Online Database (FOOD) tool.

Public health officials investigate outbreaks to control them, so more people do not get sick, and to learn how to prevent similar outbreaks from happening in the future.

List of Selected Outbreak Investigations, by Year

2014

USA-CDC -Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Infections Linked to Bean Sprouts

CDC cdc

  • Read the Advice to Consumers and Retailers
  • As of December 15, 2014, a total of 111 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Enteritidis have been reported from 12 states.
  • Twenty-six percent of ill persons have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
  • Collaborative investigation efforts of state, local, and federal public health and regulatory agencies indicate that bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc. are the likely source of this outbreak.
  • In interviews, 48 (66%) of 73 ill persons reported eating bean sprouts or menu items containing bean sprouts in the week before becoming ill.
  • Wonton Foods, Inc. continues to cooperate with state and federal public health and agriculture officials.
  • On November 21, 2014, Wonton Foods Inc. agreed to destroy any remaining products while they conducted a thorough cleaning and sanitization and implemented other Salmonella control measures. On November 24, the firm completed the cleaning and sanitation and resumed production of bean sprouts. The firm resumed shipment on November 29, 2014.
  • Contaminated bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc. are likely no longer available for purchase or consumption given the maximum 12-day shelf life of mung bean sprouts.
  • CDC recommends that consumers, restaurants, and other retailers always practice food safety for sprouts
  • Children, older adults, pregnant women, and persons with weakened immune systems should avoid eating raw sprouts of any kind (including alfalfa, clover, radish, and mung bean sprouts).
  • Cook sprouts thoroughly to reduce the risk of illness. Cooking sprouts thoroughly kills any harmful bacteria.
  • CDC’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) laboratory conducted antibiotic resistance testing on Salmonella Enteritidis isolates collected from three ill persons infected with the outbreak strains.
  • All three isolates were susceptible to all antibiotics tested on the NARMS panel.
  • This investigation is ongoing, and CDC will update the public when more information becomes available.

 

USA – Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Infections Linked to Bean Sprouts

CDC  Salm2

  • As of December 15, 2014, a total of 111 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Enteritidis have been reported from 12 states.
  • Twenty-six percent of ill persons have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
  • Collaborative investigation efforts of state, local, and federal public health and regulatory agencies indicate that bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc. are the likely source of this outbreak.
  • In interviews, 48 (66%) of 73 ill persons reported eating bean sprouts or menu items containing bean sprouts in the week before becoming ill.
  • Wonton Foods, Inc. continues to cooperate with state and federal public health and agriculture officials.
  • On November 21, 2014, Wonton Foods Inc. agreed to destroy any remaining products while they conducted a thorough cleaning and sanitization and implemented other Salmonella control measures. On November 24, the firm completed the cleaning and sanitation and resumed production of bean sprouts. The firm resumed shipment on November 29, 2014.
  • Contaminated bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc. are likely no longer available for purchase or consumption given the maximum 12-day shelf life of mung bean sprouts.
  • CDC recommends that consumers, restaurants, and other retailers always practice food safety for sprouts.
  • Children, older adults, pregnant women, and persons with weakened immune systems should avoid eating raw sprouts of any kind (including alfalfa, clover, radish, and mung bean sprouts).
  • Cook sprouts thoroughly to reduce the risk of illness. Cooking sprouts thoroughly kills any harmful bacteria.
  • CDC’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) laboratory conducted antibiotic resistance testing on Salmonella Enteritidis isolates collected from three ill persons infected with the outbreak strains.
  • All three isolates were susceptible to all antibiotics tested on the NARMS panel.
  • This investigation is ongoing, and CDC will update the public when more information becomes available.

 

 

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Europe EFSA – Updates Salmonella in Eggs

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Sporadic or outbreak cases of Salmonella Enteritidis reported by Austria, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, in addition to one case reported in Luxembourg in a patient residing in France, appear to be linked by time of symptom onset and microbiological characteristics of isolates. Cases in Austria, France and Germany share an epidemiological link to the same egg packaging centre in southern Germany. Isolates from contaminated eggs identified in France originating from the implicated German egg packaging centre share similar molecular characteristics to the human cases. Isolates from a sample of a Salmonella-contaminated strawberry cake, identified in Germany through an investigation unrelated to this outbreak, also share similar molecular characteristics to the human cases. Additional microbiological and environmental investigations could further strengthen evidence to support or discard the hypothesis of all cases being part of the same outbreak, and being infected after consumption of the same food (i.e. contaminated eggs produced in southern Germany). This is particularly unclear with regard to the outbreak cases in the United Kingdom. Investigations and actions taken by the food sector have supposedly stopped the distribution of the suspected contaminated food to the market. However, due to the delay in case reporting, it is still possible that more cases will be notified. ECDC will continue to closely monitor the occurrence of human cases through EPIS-FWD and Member States could consider enhancing their surveillance activities for this Salmonella serovar and specifically for the phage type 14b. It is noticeable that Salmonella Enteritidis-contaminated eggs have been able to reach the market, in spite of the strict regulations applying to table eggs for human consumption, and the success in reducing human and animal infections in recent years within the EU. EPIS-FWD and RASFF have been confirmed to be excellent tools for sharing information, identifying potential cross-border threats and linking independent investigations simultaneously occurring in different Member States.

EFSA

The 38 human cases of monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium detected recently in six Member States are likely to be part of the same cluster, a joint EFSA/ECDC report has found. Based on limited available information from food investigations, meat is the suspected vehicle of infection.

A previous rapid outbreak assessment published by EFSA and ECDC at the end of August found that outbreaks and sporadic cases of Salmonella Enteritidis in Austria, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, as well as one case reported in Luxembourg, appear to be connected. The cases in Austria, France and Germany share an epidemiological link to the same egg packaging centre in southern Germany, the report found.

Europe – Eggs and Salmonella Issue

EFSA efsa

Sporadic or outbreak cases of Salmonella Enteritidis reported by Austria, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, in addition to one case reported in Luxembourg in a patient residing in France, appear to be linked by time of symptom onset and microbiological characteristics of isolates. Cases in Austria, France and Germany share an epidemiological link to the same egg packaging centre in southern Germany. Isolates from contaminated eggs identified in France originating from the implicated German egg packaging centre share similar molecular characteristics to the human cases. Isolates from a sample of a Salmonella-contaminated strawberry cake, identified in Germany through an investigation unrelated to this outbreak, also share similar molecular characteristics to the human cases. Additional microbiological and environmental investigations could further strengthen evidence to support or discard the hypothesis of all cases being part of the same outbreak, and being infected after consumption of the same food (i.e. contaminated eggs produced in southern Germany). This is particularly unclear with regard to the outbreak cases in the United Kingdom. Investigations and actions taken by the food sector have supposedly stopped the distribution of the suspected contaminated food to the market. However, due to the delay in case reporting, it is still possible that more cases will be notified. ECDC will continue to closely monitor the occurrence of human cases through EPIS-FWD and Member States could consider enhancing their surveillance activities for this Salmonella serovar and specifically for the phage type 14b. It is noticeable that Salmonella Enteritidis-contaminated eggs have been able to reach the market, in spite of the strict regulations applying to table eggs for human consumption, and the success in reducing human and animal infections in recent years within the EU. EPIS-FWD and RASFF have been confirmed to be excellent tools for sharing information, identifying potential cross-border threats and linking independent investigations simultaneously occurring in different Member States.

RASFF Alerts – Salmonella – Eggs – Kebab – Listeria monocytogenes – Smokes Halibut – Anchovies

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RASFF -Salmonella enteritidis (presence /25g) in whole eggs and whole egg sleves pasteurized from Denmark in Denmark

RASFF-Salmonella (presence /25g) in frozen kebab from Germany in Italy

RASFF-Listeria monocytogenes (presence /25g) in smoked halibut fillets from Belgium in France

RASFF-Listeria monocytogenes (180 CFU/g) in semi-preserved anchovies from Italy in France

RASFF Alerts – Salmonella – Chicken – Turkey – Sesame Seeds – Chorizo – Oregano – Chilli Powder – Taglaitelle

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RASFF-Salmonella spp. (1 out of 5 samples /25g) in frozen salted chicken from Thailand in the UK

RASFF-Salmonella spp. in frozen salted poultry breast from Thailand in the UK

RASFF-Salmonella enteritidis (presence /25g) in unpeeled sesame seed from the Netherlands in Belgium

RASFF-Salmonella typhimurium (presence /25g) in frozen salted chicken breast from Chile, via Italy in Denmark

RASFF-Salmonella spp. in chorizo from Spain in France

RASFF-Salmonella (in 4 out of 5 samples) in frozen salted chicken from Thailand in the UK

RASFF-Salmonella spp. (presence CFU/g) in fresh oregano from Turkey in Italy

RASFF-Salmonella spp. (1 out of 5 samples /25g) in frozen salted chicken from Thailand in the UK

RASFF -Salmonella typhimurium (presence /25g) in frozen turkey cutlets from France in France

RASFF-Salmonella typhimurium (presence /25g) in chilled chicken from France in France

RASFF -Salmonella enteritidis phagetype 6D in tagliatelle from Poland in Germany

RASFF -Salmonella spp. in ground chilli powder from unknown origin, via Norway and via Switzerland in the Neherlands

UK – PHE Investigation into Salmonella Outbreak

GOV.UK

Public Health England (PHE) is investigating a national outbreak of a type of Salmonella Enteritidis which has affected 156 people.

To date, 55 cases have seen in Hampshire, 25 in London, 33 in Cheshire and Merseyside, and 43 in the West Midlands. Cases have also been seen in Austria and France.

In England, the cases occurred as isolated clusters over several months and have been managed locally, but are now being reassessed as potentially linked under a national investigation.

Dr Paul Cleary, a consultant epidemiologist leading the PHE investigation, said:

We are working with our colleagues across PHE, the Food Standards Agency, in local authorities and with other public health organisations in Europe to investigate the cause of this outbreak.

We are making good progress and hope to have more conclusive evidence shortly. We will continue to monitor the situation and if there is any further public health action necessary then we will ensure that this takes place.

Testing using genetic typing methods has revealed that all of the cases are infected with closely related strains, indicating that the cause of the illness is from a single source. Some food and environmental samples from catering outlets have tested positive for Salmonella with the same genetic profile as seen in the outbreak cases.

Salmonella Enteritidis is a strain of bacteria that causes gastrointestinal illness and is often associated with poultry or eggs. Symptoms include diarrhoea, stomach cramps and sometimes vomiting and fever. Symptoms are self-limiting and most people recover without treatment although it is important to remain hydrated.

RASFF Alerts – Salmonella -Turkey – CHicken – Eggs – Seasame Seeds – Fresch Basil

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RASFF-Salmonella typhimurium (presence /25g) in frozen turkey skin from the Netherlands, via Germany in France

RASFF-Foodborne outbreak suspected (Salmonella enteritidis) to be caused by eggs from Germany in Austria

RASFF-Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen spiced turkey medallions from Brazil in the Netherlands

RASFF-Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen salted chicken innerfillets from Brazil in the Netherlands

RASFF-Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in fresh basil from unknown origin, via the Czech Republic in Germany

RASFF-Salmonella enteritidis in eggs from Germany in France

RASFF -Salmonella Amsterdam (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India in Greece