Foodborne Outbreaks

During a multistate foodborne disease outbreak, CDC serves as lead coordinator between public health partners to detect the outbreak, define its size and extent, and to identify the source.

Public health officials investigate outbreaks to control them, so more people do not get sick in the outbreak, and to learn how to prevent similar outbreaks from happening in the future.

List of Selected Multistate Foodborne Outbreak Investigations

Bowl of tahini sauce and sesame seeds.

Read About A Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Tahini

Listeria Infection linked to pork products

Read about a Listeria Outbreak Linked to Pork Products

Photo of romaine lettuce

Read About An E. coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce

Photo of deli ham.

Read About A Listeria Outbreak Linked to Deli Ham

Photo of ground beef in a white bowl.

Read About A Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Ground Beef

Photo of raw chicken meat fillets, wings, thigh and legs.

Read About a Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Chicken

Types of Data Used to Solve Outbreaks infographic

Types of Data Used to Solve Outbreaks

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CDC in Action: Foodborne Outbreaks
Preventing Outbreaks

The Food Production Chain. Click the image to get a larger view.

Outbreak investigations play a key role in preventing future outbreaks.

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