The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) has an aim to reduce food-related risks to human health. Human health surveillance is an essential element of the monitoring and review component of its risk management framework. In addition, evidence from notifications, case enquiries, outbreak investigations and other epidemiological studies of human enteric diseases are being increasingly used as sources of data for risk assessments. There is increasing interest in foodborne disease statistics within MAF and its stakeholders.
Annual report concerning foodborne disease in New Zealand 2010