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Food and Drug Branch (FDB)

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Main Telephone:

(800) 495-3232

 

Email:

FDBinfo@cdph.ca.gov

 

Address (Courier Delivery):

California Department of Public Health - Food and Drug Branch

1500 Capitol Ave, MS 7602

Sacramento, CA 95814

 

Address (Non-Courier Delivery):

California Department of Public Health - Food and Drug Branch

P.O. Box 997435, MS 7602

Sacramento, CA 95899

Environmental Investigation Reports

Environmental investigations associated with foodborne outbreaks or product contamination are conducted by the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the Food and Drug Branch, Food Safety Section.  ERU is charged with responding to foodborne illness outbreaks, food recalls and researching methods to reduce the prevalence of pathogens in potentially hazardous foods.  During foodborne illness outbreaks, ERU conducts environmental investigations and produces reports of its findings.

To increase efficiency, communication, and effectiveness of investigations, FDB, in partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's San Francisco and Los Angeles District Offices formed the California Food Emergency Response Team (CalFERT) (PDF) in 2005.  CalFERT's focus is developing a team of investigators, microbiologists, chemists, and epidemiologists from federal and state agencies to jointly investigate foodborne outbreaks.

For any questions or to obtain a report older than five years, please contact FDB's Emergency Response Unit at FDBERU@cdph.ca.gov or (916) 650-6607.

Animal Exposure

E. coli O157 Outbreak Associated with Animal Exposure (PDF)

November 2016

Listeria monocytogenes Outbreak Associated with Caramel Apples (PDF)

December 2014

Cheese Sauce

C. botulinum Outbreak Associated with Jalapeno Cheese Sauce Served at Valley Oak Food & Fuel (PDF)

 April 2017

Juice

Leafy Green Produce

E. coli O157 Outbreak Associated with Leafy Greens (PDF)

       August 2017

E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Associated with Romaine Lettuce (PDF)

June 2012

Mangoes

Onions

Listeria monocytogenes - Environmental Investigation Associated with Onions (PDF)

September 2012

Pesto

C. botulinum Outbreak Associated with VR Green Farms Pine Nut Basil Pesto (PDF)

September 2014

Poultry

Salmonella Heidelberg Outbreak Associated with Foster Farms Chicken (PDF)

June 2014

Raw Milk

E. coli Outbreak Associated with Raw Milk (PDF)

January 2016

Campylobacter jejuni Outbreak Associated with Raw Milk (PDF)

Campylobacter jejuni Outbreak Associated with Raw Milk (PDF)

March 2015

Campylobacter jejuni Outbreak Associated with Raw Milk (PDF)

March 2012

Retail Food

Salmonella Thompson Outbreak Associated with El Pollo Loco in Modesto, California

February 2018

Salmonella Thompson Outbreak Associated with El Pollo Loco in Barstow, California

August 2019

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