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A Long, Long History of Outbreaks Linked to Leafy Greens



As of April 18, 2018, 53 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 16 states. Alaska 1, Arizona 3, California 1, Connecticut 2, Idaho, 10, Illinois 1, Louisiana 1, Michigan 2, Missouri 1, Montana 6, New Jersey 7, New York 2, Ohio 2, Pennsylvania, 12, Virginia 1 and Washington , linked to chopped romaine lettuce grown in Yuma California.

Outbreaks associated with lettuce and other leafy greens are by no means a new phenomenon. Outlined below is a list of E. coli and other pathogen outbreaks involving contaminated lettuce or leafy greens – Thanks to the folks at http://www.barfblog.com for compiling a rather stunning list of outbreaks – in PDF FORM. Thanks to Doug and Ben.

Date

Causative Agent

Illnesses Reported

Source

Nov. 2017- Dec. 2017

E. coli O157:H7

41, 1 death

romaine lettuce

Dec. 2015-Jan. 2016

Listeria monocytogenes

19, 1 death

package salads

Apr. 2015

Escherichia coli, Shiga toxin-producing

7

prepackaged leafy greens

Mar. 2015

E. coli O157:H7

12

leafy greens

Jul. 2014

E. coli O111

15

Salad/cabbage served at Applebee’s and Yard House (Minnesota)

Oct. 2013

E. coli O157:H7

33

Pre-packaged salads and sandwich wraps (California)

Jul. 2013

E. coli O157:H7

94

Lettuce served at Federico’s Mexican Restaurant

Jul. 2013

Cyclospora

140 (Iowa); 87 (Nebraska)

Salad mix, cilantro

Dec. 2012 – Jan. 2013

E. coli O157:H7

31

Shredded lettuce from Freshpoint, Inc.

Oct. 2012

E. coli O157:H7

33

Leafy greens salad mix (Massachusetts)

Apr. 2012

E. coli O157:H7

28

Romaine lettuce

Dec. 2011

Salmonella Hartford

5

Lettuce; roast beef

Dec. 2011

Norovirus

9

Lettuce, unspecified

Oct. 2011

E. coli O157:H7

58

Romaine lettuce

Oct. 2011

E. coli O157:H7

26

Lettuce

Aug. 2011

N/A

8

Lettuce; onions; tomatoes

Jul. 2011

Cyclospora cayatenensis

99

Lettuce based salads

Jun. 2011

Norovirus

23

Garden salad

Apr. 2011

Salmonella Typhimirum

36

Multiple salads

Feb. 2011

Norovirus

24

Garden salad

Jan. 2011

Norovirus

93

Lettuce; salad, unspecified

Jul.-Oct. 2010

Salmonella Java

136

Salad vegetable

May 2010

E. coli O145

33
(26 lab-confirmed)

Romaine Lettuce grown in Arizona

Apr. 2010

Salmonella Hvittingfoss

102

Lettuce, tomatoes, and olives served at Subway restaurants

Jan. 2010

E. coli

260

Lettuce grown in France

Dec. 2009

Norovirus

16

Lettuce

Aug. 2009

SalmonellaTyphimurium

27

Lettuce

Aug. 2009

Salmonella spp

124

Romaine lettuce; Recalls issued by Tanimura & Antle, Inc. (lettuce), Muranaka Farm, Inc. (parsley), and Frontera Produce (cilantro)

Jul. 2009

SalmonellaTyphimurium

145

Shredded lettuce from Taylor Farms

May. 2009

Norovirus

10

Lettuce, onion, and tomato in chicken salad

Nov. 2008

E. coli O157:H7

130

Romaine lettuce

Oct. 2008

E. coli O157:H7

2

Chopped shredded iceberg lettuce (Michigan)

Oct. 2008

E. coli O157:H7

43 (Johnathan’s Family Restaurant), 21 (Little Red Rooster Restaurant), 12 (M.T. Bellies Restaurant)

Lettuce

Oct. 2008

Norovirus

64

Tomato relish, lettuce-based salad

Aug.-Sep. 2008

E. coli O157:H7

74

Lettuce from Aunt Mid’s Produce Company (California)

Aug.-Oct. 2008

E. coli O157:H7

13

Spinach (Oregon)

May. 2008

E. coli O157:H7

10

Prepackaged lettuce

May. 2008

E. coli O157:H7

6

Pre-packaged salad

May 2008

E. coli O157:H7

9

Lettuce (California, U.S.)

Apr. 2008

Salmonella Branderup

12

Green salad, tomato

Jul. 2007

Shigella sonnei

72

Salad

Jul. 2007

E. coli O157:H7

26

Lettuce

Feb. 2007

Norovirus

8

Lettuce

Jan. 2007

Norovirus

9

Salad

Nov. 2006

E. coli O157:H7

78

Lettuce

Oct. 2006

E. coli O157:H7

205

Pre-packaged baby spinach from Dole Food Company (California)

Sep. 2006

Norovirus

9

Salad

Sep. 2005

E. coli O157:H7

34

Prepackaged bagged lettuce from Dole Food Company

Jun. 2006

SalmonellaTyphimurium

18

Lettuce, tomatoes

Oct. 2005

E. coli O157:H7

12

grapes, green; lettuce, prepackaged

Nov. 2004

E. coli O157:H7

6

Lettuce, unspecified

Jul. 2004

Salmonella Newport

97

Iceberg lettuce

Nov. 2003

E. coli O157:H7

19

Spinach, unspecified

Oct. 2003

E. coli O157:H7

16

Spinach, unspecified

Sep. 2003

E. coli O157:H7

51

Lettuce-based salads, unspecified

Nov. 2002

E. coli O157:H7

60

Romaine lettuce

Jul. 2002

E. coli O157:H7

32

Romaine lettuce from Spokane Produce (Washington)

Jul. 2002

E. coli O157:H7

55

Caesar salad

Nov. 2001

E. coli O157:H7

20

Lettuce-based salads, unspecified

Oct. 2000

E. coli O157:H7

6

Salad

May 2000

Campylobacter
jejuni

13

Salad

May 2000

Norovirus

3

Salad

Feb. 2000

Norovirus

7

Salad

Oct. 1999

E. coli O157:H7

45

Lettuce, salad

Oct. 1999

E. coli O157:H7

47

Salad

Oct. 1999

Norovirus

16

Salad

Sep. 1999

E. coli O157:H11

6

Lettuce

Sep. 1999

Norovirus

115

Lettuce

Sep. 1999

E. coli O111:H8

58

Salad

Aug. 1999

Norovirus

25

Salad

May 1999

Norovirus

28

Salad

Feb. 1999

E. coli O157:H7

72

Lettuce

May 1998

E. coli O157:H7

2

Salad

May 1996

E. coli O157:H7

61

Lettuce

Oct. 1995

E. coli O153:H46

11

Lettuce

Sep. 1995

E. coli O153:H47

30

Lettuce

Sep. 1995

E. coli O157:H7

21

Lettuce

Jul. 1995

E. coli O153:H48

74

Lettuce


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