Improving our knowledge of food sicknesses
Under our human health surveillance programme, we:
- gather information on foodborne illness and attribution
- publish scientific reports to improve knowledge of foodborne illness to help reduce cases
- aim to improve the surveillance of foodborne illnesses and attribute its incidence to specific foods.
To control the incidence of foodborne disease, we need to:
- identify common sources of foodborne diseases, and how they're spread between people
- understand how often specific hazards in particular foods cause people to fall ill
- find out when illness is also caused by other sources, like environmental exposure, direct animal contact, or human-to-human exchange.
The programme is a part of our food safety risk management framework. It helps us to:
- systematically collect, collate, and analyse data about the incidence and causes of foodborne diseases
- provide information in a timely way to people who need to know so that action can be taken
- develop and monitor strategies to reduce food-related risks.
Why we research the causes of foodborne illness
Finding the source of foodborne illness helps us to:
- take action and control the problem
- reduce illness
- control any outbreaks.
We publish detailed reports into cases and whether the source can be identified.
Human health surveillance programme reports
Campylobacter risk management strategy 2017–2020 [PDF, 261 KB]
Who to contact
If you have questions about human health surveillance, email firstname.lastname@example.org