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A Few Decades of Bad Mixed Nuts – List of nut-based outbreaks from Outbreak Database and CDC database

December 2010 – Multistate DeFranco and Sons In Shell Hazelnuts

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was associated with eating DeFanco and Sons in-shell hazelnuts (also known as filberts)that had been purchased from bulk bins in grocery stores or in a repacked form  sold from November 2, 2010 to December 22, 2010 in multiple states and Canada.

April 2009 – Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc.

Multiple strains of Salmonella bacteria were detected in pistachios (roasted shelled, roasted in-shell, raw) that were sold and subsequently distributed widely throughout the United States. The pistachios were repackaged and sold under many names.

December 2008 – California Banquet Facility Mixed Fruit or Asian Walnut Salad

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus occurred among people who had eaten mixed fruit or an Asian walnut salad while at a banquet facility in Calfornia.

*October 2008 – West Virginia: Norovirus

57 people were sickened and 3 were hospitalized with Norovirus after eating peanut butter at a school in West Virginia.

September 2008 – Peanut Corporation of America, Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter – Containing Products

Beginning in November, CDC (Centers for Disease Control) PulseNet staff noted a small and highly dispersed, multistate cluster of Salmonella Typhimurium isolates. Illnesses continued to be revealed through April, 2009, when the last CDC report on the outbreak was published. 716 people were sickened and 9 died.

*June 2007 – Ohio: Unspecified

The CDC reported that 2 people were sickened after eating nuts in a private home.

October 2006 – Pumpkin Festival Boiled Peanuts

An outbreak of Salmonella Thompson occurred among persons who ate boiled peanuts while attending the Pumpkin Festival, in Pumpkintown, South Carolina.

August 2006 – ConAgra Peter Pan and Great Value Peanut Butter

In November, 2006, public health officials detected a substantial increase in reports of Salmonella Tennessee isolates. In February, 2007, a multistate, case-control study linked the consumption of either Peter Pan or Great Value Peanut Butter brands with infection.

*February 2005 – Ohio: Unspecified

The CDC reported that 2 people were made ill after eating peanuts in Ohio.

*March 2003 – Multistate: Salmonella Enteriditis

The CDC reported that 42 people were sickened and 10 were hospitalized after eating nuts in multiple states.

*February 2002 – Florida: Unspecified

The CDC reported that 6 people were made ill after eating nuts at a Florida restaurant.

January 2002 – Paramount Farms Almonds

Illnesses caused by an usual strain of Salmonella Enteriditis, phage type 9c, were linked to eating almonds purchased at Costco warehouses in the northwestern United States, in early 2004.  Illnesses related to the outbreak first occurred in January, 2002.

*April 2001 – West Virginia: Salmonella Enteritidis

3 were made ill and 1 was hospitalized with Salmonella Enteritidis in West Virginia after consuming almonds.

October 2000 – International Outbreak Involving Whole, Raw, Almonds

An outbreak of Salmonella Enteriditis, phage type 30, a rare strain, was identified in Canada(157 cases) and the United States(11 cases).

*September 1998 – Minnesota: Unspecified

The CDC reported that 16 people were sickened after consuming nuts in a private home in Minnesota.

*February 1998 – Ohio: Unspecified

The CDC reported that 25 people were made ill at a church in Ohio after eating nuts.

October 1994 – Kosher Peanut Savory Snack Produced In Israel

Increases in Salmonella Agona were noted in in England, Wales, Israel, Canada, and the United States. Various epidemiologic analyses implicated a savory, peanut snack that had been produced in Israel and had an international distribution.

*Denotes CDC database.  All others Outbreak Database.

  • Sam

    Now add the number of nuts recalled due to contamination, but not linked to outbreaks…probably a very long list…

  • Gabrielle Meunier

    Would you rather have contaminated products (or possibly contaminated) on the market left to poison people?