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When Berries Go Bad – E. coli, etc., and fruit don’t mix

Of course, we are focused a bit on Oregon and the Jaquith Strawberry Farm Strawberries 2011 outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 epidemiologically associated with eating fresh strawberries produced by Jaquith Strawberry Farm, in Oregon.  Over a dozen are sickened and one has died.  But, there have been many other berry outbreaks over the last decades.  Here are the main oned:

Screen Shot 2011-08-12 at 10.24.30 PM.pngTennessee Banquet Facility Berries 2008

A confirmed outbreak of Cyclosporiasis occurred among people who had eaten berries while at a banquet facility in Tennessee.

California Workplace or Banquet Facility Mixed Berries 2008

A confirmed outbreak of Cyclosporiasis occurred among people who had eaten mixed berries at a workplace, or at a banquet facility, in California.

California Restaurant Ice Cream with Fresh Berries 2007

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus occurred among people who had eaten ice cream with fresh berries while at a restaurant in California.

Georgia Private Home Strawberries 2007

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus occurred at a private home in Georgia. Strawberries were named as the vehicle of infection.

Florida Restaurant Acai, Bananas, Strawberries, Sugar Cane Juice 2007

A confirmed outbreak of hepatitis A occurred among people who had consumed acai, bananas, strawberries, and sugar cane juice while at a restaurant in Florida.

New York Private Home Susumber Berries 2006

Three people became ill after consuming Susumber berries at a private home.

Strawberries or Blueberries 2006

An outbreak of E. coli O26 occurred in Massachusetts. The vehicles were strawberries or blueberries.

Guatemalan Fresh Raspberries 1998

Outbreaks of cyclosporiasis were detected in Ontario, Canada. The related illnesses were associated with events held in May, in Ontario. They were also associated with the consumption of fresh raspberries.

Fresh Raspberries 1997

Beginning in April, the Centers for Disease Control was notified of 21 outbreaks of cyclosporiasis in the United States and Ontario, Canada. These clusters were associated with events such as receptions, banquets, or restaurants.

A&W Frozen Strawberries 1997

A large outbreak of hepatitis A was associated with the consumption of strawberries served at school. The strawberries had been imported from Mexico and processed/packaged in California by A&W.

Guatemalan Raspberries 1996

In May and June, laboratory confirmed cases of Cyclospora cayetanensis were reported in persons residing in the United States and Ontario, Canada. Eventually cases were found in twenty U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

Guatemalan Raspberries 1995

Raspberries served at two social events were linked to an outbreak of cyclosporiasis in Florida. The raspberries were purchased from separate sources and likely originated in Guatemala.

Frozen Strawberries 1990

Frozen strawberries that had been processed at a single plant were linked to outbreaks of hepatitis A. In Georgia, illnesses occurred among students and teachers of an elementary school.