1998 United States listeriosis outbreak
The 1998 United States listeriosis outbreak was the third deadliest outbreak of foodborne illness in the United States since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention started tracking in the 1970s. There were 14 deaths and 4 miscarriages or stillbirths in a listeria outbreak in hot dogs and cold cuts from Sara Lee Corporation. Some sources put the death toll as high as 21.
- "Listeria Fear Forces Recall of Hot Dogs". New York Times. March 26, 2000. Retrieved 2011-09-30. "... The move comes as the company tries to polish a wholesome image tarnished by the nationwide recall in December 1998 of about 15 million pounds of hot dogs and luncheon meat after listeria was spotted. The meat was linked 21 deaths and more than 100 illnesses in 22 states."
- William Neuman (September 27, 2011). "Deaths From Cantaloupe Listeria Rise". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-09-29. "The second deadliest outbreak was in 1998 and 1999, when there were at least 14 deaths and four miscarriages or stillbirths in a listeria outbreak linked to hot dogs and delicatessen meats. Some sources put the death toll in that outbreak as high as 21. ..."