Top 5 deadliest foodborne illness outbreaks in the U.S.

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  • Eggs
    Two Iowa producers, Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farm, recalled more than 500 million tainted eggs after dangerous levels of Salmonella were detected. As the producers distributed eggs in fourteen states, nearly 2,000 illnesses were reported between May and July nationwide in 2010. No deaths have been reported for this case. Reuters
  • Ice cream
    Salmonella in ice cream from Schwan's Sales Enterprises of Marshall, Minnesota was confirmed to have sickened 740 people in 30 states and is suspected to have sickened additional 3,423 probable or suspected people in 41 states, according to CDC reports. No deaths were reported. Schwan's recalled dozens of frozen dairy products, including ice cream, yogurt, dietary desserts, sherbets, cones, and ice cream sandwiches, made at its Marshall plant after learning that the products were linked to the illnesses. Federal and state officials theorized that this contamination occurred when raw, unpasteurized eggs were hauled in one or more tanker trucks that later carried pasteurized ice cream premix to the Schwan's plant. Reuters
  • Peanut Corporation of America
    Known as one of the nation’s worst known outbreaks of food-borne disease in recent years, Salmonellosis in peanut butter from Peanut Corporation of America in Blakely, Georgia has caused nine deaths and nearly 22,500 illnesses. Reuters
  • Milk
    Salmonella in milk from the Hillfarm Dairy in Melrose Park, Ill caused 16,284 confirmed, and possibly as many as 200,000 cases of food poisoning in six Midwest states. Additionally, two deaths and possibly, four or 12 more deaths were caused by this worst outbreak of Salmonella food poisoning in U.S. history. Reuters
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International Business Times compiled the top five deadliest foodborne illness outbreaks that caused more than 2,000 Americans fall into sickness or death.

The culprit for all five outbreaks was Salmonellosis.

The most common symptoms of salmonella poisoning are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, and vomiting. The infection can be life-threatening to infants, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems, when consuming contaminated food.

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