E. coli: The 1993 Jack in the Box Nightmare
Final Abstract for URS Program
The 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli incident stands among the most significant foodborne illness outbreaks in the history of the food industry, infecting over 700 people and causing multiple casualties from multiple states in 1993. A booming fast food industry and insufficient food preparation etiquette led directly to widespread disaster in the Jack in the Box restaurant chain. Massive legal action on the behalf of victims and momentous food safety reform secured this outbreak as a monumental catalyst to much needed changes in food safety in the fast food industry and beyond.