Infectious Diseases 2009

Infectious Diseases 2009

EFSA-ECDC report: Salmonella remains most common cause of food-borne outbreaks

6 May, 2009 The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have published their Community Summary Report on Food-borne Outbreaks in the EU in 2007. It shows that Salmonella remained the most common cause of food-borne outbreaks in the European Union, followed by food-borne viruses and Campylobacter. A total of 5,609 outbreaks were reported in 2007, which affected almost 40,000 people and caused 19 deaths.
The report showed that Salmonella continued to be the most frequent cause of food-borne outbreaks accounting for four out of every ten reported outbreaks. These outbreaks affected 8,922 people and caused ten deaths. Eggs or products containing eggs were the foods most frequently involved in the Salmonella outbreaks.
Viruses were the second most frequent cause of food-borne outbreaks (668 reported outbreaks). Campylobacter followed in the list of most common causes with 461 outbreaks, affecting 244 people. Broiler meat and other meats remained the most common food source of these outbreaks.
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