Global Alert and Response (GAR)

2000 - Staphylococcal food intoxication in Japan

10 July 2000

Disease Outbreak Reported

On 10 July, the Ministry of Health and Welfare reported a total of 13 809 cases of food poisoning in 8 western states. Of 180 cases requiring hospitalization, 17 were still in hospital.

The source of the outbreak was found to be 3 different kinds of milk which had been contaminated by Staphylococcus aureus in a production-line valve, at a major dairy-products processing plant in Osaka. Those affected suffered diarrhoea and vomiting due to Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxin after drinking low-fat milk.

The local authorities have ordered the company to recall all products which might have been contaminated.

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