List of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks in The United States - 1978


  • Botulism in Clovis, New Mexico. 34 people who ate at a restaurant Colonial Park Country Club developed clinical botulism in the second largest outbreak in United States history. The outbreak was traced to either potato salad or a commercially prepared three bean salad served to a group attending a banquet. Despite a thorough search of the local landfill, the discarded three bean salad containers were never located making it impossible to test them to make certain it was the source of contamination. All patients were hospitalized and 33 received trivalent botulinal antitoxin. There were 2 deaths.

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