This report of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) presents the results of zoonoses monitoring activities carried out in 2017 in 37 European countries: 28 European Union (EU) Member States and nine non-Member States.
A report by the US PIRG Education Fund found that recalls of food have increased 10 percent since 2013.
A network of “crisis coordinators” has been established by the European Commission as part of plans to improve management of food safety incidents.
More than half of the severe listeriosis cases in the European Union belong to clusters, many of which are not being picked up fast enough by the current surveillance system.
Approximately 800 foodborne disease outbreaks are reported in the US each year, accounting for approximately 15,000 illnesses, 800 hospitalizations, and 20 deaths.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that as of Tuesday, July 24, there have been 458 cases of cyclosporiasis have been in counties across Illinois, with people becoming ill starting in mid-May.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now confirmed 197 cases in 35 states and five deaths in this outbreak.
Canadian health officials are reporting six illnesses of E. coli O157 with a similar genetic fingerprint to illnesses reported in the US.
The current US E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, traced to chopped romaine lettuce, is the latest in a string of almost 80 foodborne illness outbreaks linked to leafy greens in the past 23 years.
Among the foodborne cases reported in 2016, 23 were associated with three outbreaks in three states; the remaining six cases were sporadic.