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Most Deadly Foodborne Illness Outbreaks in United States

With the CDC coming in with the final numbers for the Cantaloupe Outbreak, I thought it would be a good time to update the list:

Jensen Farms Frontera Listeria Outbreak – September 2011; Vehicle: whole cantaloupe; Number ill: 146; Deaths: 30 (31, counting miscarriages)

Jalisco’s Listeria Outbreak – January 1985; Vehicle: cheese; Number ill: 142; Deaths: 28 (48, counting miscarriages)

Bil Mar Foods Ready-to-eat Meats Listeria Outbreak – January 1998; Vehicle: deli and cured meats; Number ill: 101; Deaths: 21

Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) Salmonella Outbreak – September 2008; Vehicle:  Peanuts and peanut butter; Number ill: 716; Deaths: 9

Pilgrim’s Pride Listeria Outbreak – July 2002; Vehicle: deli meats; Number ill: 54; Deaths: 8

Dole Brand Natural Selections Bagged Spinach E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak – August 2006; Vehicle: spinach; Number ill: 238; Deaths: 5

SanGar Produce Listeria Outbreak – January 2010; Vehicle: celery; Number ill: 10; Deaths: 5

Jack in the Box E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak – November 1992; Vehicle: ground beef; Number ill: 708; Deaths: 4

Chi Chi’s Hepatitis A Outbreak – October 2003; Vehicle: green onions; Number ill: 660; Deaths: 4

Thanks for some updated numbers on www.outbreakdatabase.com.