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Multistate Outbreaks

  Photo of a bag of groceries.

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 2016, CDC monitored between 21 and 57 potential food poisoning or related clusters each week, and investigated more than 200 multistate clusters. These investigations led to the identification of confirmed or suspected vehicles of transmission and the recalls of a variety of foods including packaged salads, meal replacement products, frozen vegetables, and flour.