Multistate Outbreaks

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When two or more people get the same illness and investigation shows it came from the same contaminated food or drink, the event is called a foodborne disease outbreak.

In 2017, CDC monitored between 18 and 37 potential food poisoning or related clusters each week, and investigated nearly 200 multistate clusters. These investigations identified confirmed or suspected vehicles of transmission. They also led to recalls of foods including soy nut butter, soft raw milk cheeses, and imported papayas.