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29 Food Recalls That Poisoned the Most People

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9. Natural Selection Foods
> No. of cases: 205
> No. of deaths: 5

In September 2006, five people died and 205 people were sickened by E. coli after eating contaminated spinach grown on a San Juan Bautista, California-based farm. Natural Selection Foods, which sold the leafy green vegetable under its Earthbound Farm brand, recalled the product later that month. A Washington Post story said Natural Selection supplied bagged spinach to 74 percent of the nation’s grocery stores.

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8. Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce
> No. of cases: 907
> No. of deaths: 6

In 2015, cucumbers tainted with salmonella killed six people, hospitalized 204, and sickened 907 people in 40 states. The CDC determined that Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce had imported the vegetables from Mexico but the source of the contamination was not identified. Andrew & Williamson, based in San Diego, California, announced a recall of cucumbers in September 2015.

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7. Peanut Corporation of America
> No. of cases: 600+
> No. of deaths: 8

One of the biggest salmonella outbreaks of all time occured between 2008 and 2009 when the pathogen was detected in Peanut Corporation of America’s peanut products. The outbreak infected over 600 people and killed eight in the U.S. and Canada. The company recalled more than 3,200 products and eventually filed for bankruptcy in February 2009.

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6. Hillfarm Dairy
> No. of cases: 16,000+
> No. of deaths: 9

Perhaps the biggest outbreak of salmonella to date occurred in 1985, and was caused by milk from Hillfarm Dairy in Melrose Park. Illinois. More than 16,000 people across the upper Midwest fell ill — and nine died. The milk was removed from the shelves of supermarkets and the company was shut down shortly after it was identified as the source of the outbreak.

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5. Pilgrim’s Pride
> No. of cases: 46
> No. of deaths: 10

In 2002, Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation’s deli meat wreaked havoc in eight states. After 46 cases of listeria were confirmed, Pilgrim’s Pride recalled a whopping 27.4 million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and turkey products. The outbreak resulted in 10 deaths, including three stillbirths and miscarriages.