FDA, CDC Search for Source of Multiyear Listeria Outbreak

Using Pulsenet, a national database of DNA “fingerprints” of bacteria that caused a foodborne illness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has discovered a Listeria outbreak that began in 2018. The outbreak includes 11 people from 10 states who were diagnosed with listeriosis on dates ranging from July 3, 2018, to January 31, 2023.  

The patients, who range in age from 47 to 88 years old, were all hospitalized and supplied information about the foods they ate before they became ill. Using these food histories, it seems health officials were able to rule out meat or poultry products as potential sources. Those products are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates all other foods, is partnering with the CDC on this investigation and is working to determine the source of the outbreak.

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 The number of illnesses reported from each state is as follows: Arkansas (1), California (1), Colorado (1), Michigan (2), Missouri (1), New York (1), North Carolina (1), Pennsylvania (1), South Dakota (1), and Washington (1).

Previous Listeria outbreaks have been linked to packaged salads, enoki mushrooms, deli meat, ice cream, cheese, and caramel apples.

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