Infectious Diseases 2018

Infectious Diseases 2018

Switzerland: the cost of food poisoning

5 May, 2018

More than 10,000 cases of food poisoning are reported each year in Switzerland. Most cases are caused by campylobacter or salmonella-type bacteria with the former costing CHF50 million ($49.9 million) in medical costs last year.
The Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) wants to see a durable decline in the number of food poisoning cases, especially campylobacter infections which cause diarrhoea, it said at a press conference. A study by Professor Michael Siegrist of the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) shows that this kind of infection affects mainly men aged 18 to 30.
A website external link is central to the “Savour in Safety” campaign that targets young men.  The campaign was first launched in 2016, and the number of campylobacter-type infections dropped slightly in 2017, according to the FSVO. However, there are still many cases especially during the barbecue season and during end of year celebrations.
Correct handling of poultry, which is the cause of many infections, is especially important, says the FSVO.