FoodNet data shows little progress on US foodborne disease

| April 22, 2014

nhsggc_news_Ecoli_largeThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published new figures collected by the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) for the incidence of infections caused by nine pathogens commonly transmitted through food in 2013.

The FoodNet data was collected at ten sites covering about 15% of the population and shows that foodborne illness remains a serious problem in the USA. Although the estimated incidence of Salmonella infection was lower in 2013 compared with 2010-2012, a higher incidence was recorded for Vibrio species, while rates of infection with other pathogens remained largely unchanged.

The CDC report points out that there has been no significant change in the overall incidence of foodborne disease since 2006-2008, suggesting that attempts to reduce it by interventions in the food supply chain have not been successful so far and that more needs to be done to reduce contamination in foods such as poultry and eggs.

Read the full report here.

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