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Thirty-Three Sprout Linked Outbreaks Since 1990 Sicked 2,166

Ben Chapman, over at Bites, published a very complete list of Sprout Outbreaks Since 1990.

Since 1990, raw or slightly cooked sprouts have caused an estimated 2,166 illnesses, through 33 outbreaks (actually – 37 outbreaks, 2,273 illnesses). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration estimates that sprout-link outbreaks account for 40 per cent of all food-borne illness associated with produce.

Year      Type      Pathogen      Cases      Location

1990 Alfalfa S. Anatum 15 US
1995 Alfalfa S. Stanley 128 US
1995 Alfalfa S. Newport 133 US/CAN
1995 Alfalfa S. Newport 69 US
1996 Alfalfa S. Stanley 30 US
1996 Alfalfa S. Montevideo and S. Meleagridis 650 US
1997 Alfalfa S. Infantis and S. Anatum 109 US
1997 Alfalfa E. coli O157:H7 108 US
1997 Alfalfa S. Senftenberg 60 US
1997 Alfalfa S. Meleagridis 78 CAN
1998 Alfalfa S. Havana 40 US
1998 Alfalfa E. coli O157:NM 8 US
1999 Alfalfa S. Mbandaka 83 US
1999 Alfalfa S. Typhimurium 119 US
1999 Alfalfa S. Muenchen 61 US
1999 Alfalfa S. paratyphi B var java 51 CAN
1999 Alfalfa Salmonella spp. 34 US
1999 Alfalfa S. Muenchen 38 US
1999 Clover S. Saintpaul 36 US
2000 Mung S. Enteritidis 75 US
2000 Mung S. Enteritidis 12 CAN
2001 Alfalfa S. Kottbus 32 US
2001 Alfalfa Salmonella spp. 22 US
2001 Mung S. Enteritidis 84 CAN
2002 Alfalfa E. coli O157:H7 7 US
2003 Alfalfa S. Saintpaul 9 US
2003 Alfalfa S. Chester 26 US
2003 Alfalfa E. coli O157:H7 7 US
2003 Alfalfa S. Saintpaul 16 US
2003 Alfalfa E. coli O157:NM 13 US
2004 Alfalfa Salmonella spp. 12 US
2005 Alfalfa E. coli O157:H7 1 US
2005 Mung Salmonella spp. 648 CAN
2006 Bean S. Braenderup 4 US
2008 Alfalfa S. Typhimurium 13 US
2009 Alfalfa S. Saintpaul 6 US
2009 Alfalfa S. Saintpaul 14 (and growing) US

  • One of the single most significant foodbore illness events of all time documented 7,966 children sickened from consuming White Radish Sprouts in 1996. Sprout continue to be a serious food safety risk (Google Scholar link http://tinyurl.com/d5lw7p)